Break, day of God, O break
Break, day of God, O break. Henry Burton* (1840-1930).
According to Telford, annotating the 1904 Wesleyan Methodist Hymn Book, this was written on Christmas Eve 1900 at Blundellsands, near Liverpool: stanza 1 was written in a railway bridge, the remainder at Burton’s home (Telford, 1906, p. 165). It was later printed in Burton’s Songs of the Highway (1924). It had four stanzas:
Break, day of God, O break, Sweet light of heavenly skies! I all for thee forsake, And from my dead self rise: O Lamb of God, whose love is light, Shine on my soul, and all is bright.
Break, day of God, O break! The night has lingered long; Our hearts with sighing wake, We weep for sin and wrong: O Bright...
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