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Brightly beams our Father’s mercy

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy. Philip P. Bliss* (1838-1876).  First published in The Charm, a collection of Sunday School music (Cincinnati, 1871), with the heading ‘Let the Lower Lights be Burning’. Like a number of Gospel hymns, this was based on an anecdote (cf. ‘Ho! my comrades, see the signal’*). In this case it was told and moralised by Dwight L. Moody* and versified by Bliss. It concerned a ship attempting to make the harbor at Cleveland during a storm on Lake Erie: ‘Are you sure this is Cleveland?’ asked the captain, seeing only one light from the light-house. ‘Quite sure, sir,’ replied the pilot. ‘Where are the lower lights?’ ‘Gone out, sir.’ ‘Can you make the harbour?’ ‘We...

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