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|LIGHT of the world, for ever, ever shining,
There is no change in Thee;
True light of life, all joy and health enshrining,
Thou canst not fade nor flee.
|2||Thou hast arisen, but Thou declinest never;
Today shines as the past;
All Thou hast been, Thou art, and shalt be ever,
Brightness from first to last.
|3||Night visits not Thy sky, nor storm, nor sadness;
Day fills up all its blue,
Unfailing beauty and unfaltering gladness,
And love for ever new.
|4||Light of the world, undimming and unsetting,
O shine each mist away!
Banish the fear, the falsehood, and the fretting;
Be our unchanging day.
|Horatius Bonar, 1808-89|