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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