Light of the world, faint were our weary feet

Light of the world, faint were our weary feet. Laura Ormiston Chant* (1848-1923).  In Appendix II of JJ, this hymn was annotated as follows: ‘Written in June 1901, at the request of the Rev. S. Collier, Superintendent of the Central Wesleyan Mission in Manchester’ (p.1620). Samuel Collier (1855-1921) was one of the leaders of the Methodist Church at the time (he was President of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1913). JJ went on to quote Chant herself, as she remembered that Collier had said:  how amazingly fond the rescued men [those converted at the Mission] were of the tune ‘Sandon,’ but that ‘Lead, kindly light,’ though so beautiful, was not an adequate expression of their...

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