How precious is the Book divine,
By inspiration given!
Bright as a lamp its doctrines shine,
To guide our souls to heaven
It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts
In this dark vale of tears:
Life, light, and joy it still imparts,
And quells our rising fears.
This lamp through all the tedious nightJohn Fawcett
Of life shall guide our way,
Till we behold the clearer light
Of an eternal day.
Copied from my grandmother’s hymnal, Hymn Book, Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Nashville, TN, 1901, Hymn #684.
Note: The hymns in this hymnal are not titled. So when I do not know the hymn, I make up a title or simply use the first line.
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2018