The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling


For Christmas

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Music: "Halton Holgate," William Boyce (1711-1779)
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Alternate tune: "Brocklesby," Charlotte A. Barnard, 1868
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Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869), pp. 116-117.

Isaiah 9:2
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.

1. Light of those whose dreary dwelling
     Borders on the shades of death,
Come, and by Thy love's revealing
     Dissipate the clouds beneath:
The new heaven and earth's Creator,
     In our deepest darkness rise,
Scattering all the night of nature,
     Pouring eyesight on our eyes.

2. Still we wait for Thy appearing,
     Life and joy Thy beams impart,
Chasing all our fears, and cheering
     Every poor benighted 'heart:
Come and manifest the favour
     God hath for our ransom'd race;
Come, Thou universal Saviour,
     Come, and bring the gospel grace.

3. Save us in Thy great compassion,
     O Thou mild pacific Prince,
Give the knowledge of salvation,
     Give the pardon of our sins;
By Thine all-restoring merit
     Every burden'd soul release,
Every weary, wandering spirit
     Guide into Thy perfect peace.


Found at six verses of 4 lines each in some hymnals. The citation to Isaiah 9:2 is from one of the hymnals that I've consulted, not from the original (as best as I can tell).

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