Hark the herald angels sing, Jesus the light of the world

Author (stanzas): Charles Wesley; Author (refrain): George D. ElderkinTune: WE'LL WALK IN THE LIGHTPublished in 45 hymnalsAudio files: MIDI, Recording

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Jesus, the Light of the World)

1 Hark! the herald angels sing. Jesus, the light of the world.Glory to the newborn King, Jesus, the light of the world.

Refrain:We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light. Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.Oh, shine all around us by day and by night. Jesus, the light of the world.

2 Joyful, all you nations, rise. Jesus, the light of the world. Join the triumph of the skies.Jesus, the light of the world.

3 Christ, by highest heav"n adored. Jesus, the light of the world.Christ, the everlasting Lord,Jesus, the light of the world.

4 Hail the heav"n-born Prince of Peace. Jesus, the light of the world.Hail, the Sun of righteousness!Jesus, the light of the world. Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #277

Author (stanzas): Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King"s Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene…Go to person page >

Author (refrain): George D. Elderkin

Almost nothing is known about George D. Elderkin (b. 1845; d. 1928). There was a George D. Elderkin Publishing Company in Chicago which published four collections of gospel hymns entitled The Finest of the Wheat. Book Three (1904) includes 259 songs, including music by both George D. and George W. Elderkin, “for prayer and evangelistic meetings, church and missionary services, Sunday schools and young people’s societies,” and was edited by Geo. D. Elderkin, C. C. McCabe, Wm. J. Kirkpatrick, H. L. Gilmour, G. W. Elderikn, and F. A. Hardon.” It was hardbound, and sold for 30 cents per copy, postpaid. Emily BrinkGo to person page >
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