O Day of Light and Gladness

O day of light and gladness, of prophecy and song,
What thoughts within us waken, what hallowed memories throng!
The soul’s horizon widens, past, present, future blend;
And rises on our vision the life that hath no end.

The coming of day

Earth feels the season’s joyance, from mountain range to sea
The tides of life are flowing fresh, manifold and free.
In valley and on upland, by forest pathways dim,
All nature lifts in chorus the resurrection hymn.

Nature flows with praise to Christ

O Lord of life eternal, to Thee our hearts upraise
The Easter song of gladness, the Passover of praise.
Thine are the many mansions, the dead die not to Thee,
Who fillest from Thy fullness time and eternity!

The dead die not to Thee

Words by Frederick L. Hosmer
Music by Tenry T. Smart


  1. Donald March 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking the time to find all those pictures and link them to the verses of songin your post! It is thrilling to see what you are seeing there in West Virginia. I was overjoyed when I saw your post and couldn’t help but share it with those around me. God bless your future photography and hymnody!

  2. Jenny Wilkes March 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    What stunning shots James! They truly fit the theme of the song. What peace there is in knowing that you can be sure of where you will spend your eternity! Thank you Lord for your sacrificial love.

  3. James April 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    It is great fun taking pictures and then trying to relate them to spiritual concepts. It takes lots of thought… and lots of pictures!

  4. John Samuel April 5, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    These pictures are awesome and it gives me lots of ideas about photography, Thanks for sharing.

  5. James April 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    Glad to hear it, John! Do you do photography?

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