Hymn Study: Send the Light

I'm so thrilled today that I was able to quickly find a hymn that went with today's word prompt LIGHT.   The hymn is called "Send the Light".   It was written by Charles H. Gabriel, who wrote it while a choir member at the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California.


Charles H Gabriel lived 1856-1932, he taught himself, while living on his Iowa farm, to play the family reed organ.  He began teaching others how to sing when he was 16, and became well known as a teacher, composer and singer.

He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal church in California, but eventually move to Illinois, where he worked for a publishing company.  During his work, he edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas. He composed at least 50 hymns, and wrote music for almost 200 other hymns.


Lyrics for Send the Light


  1. There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave,
    “Send the light! Send the light!”
    There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
    Send the light! Send the light! 
    • Refrain:
      Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
      Let it shine from shore to shore!
      Send the light, and let its radiant beams
      Light the world forevermore!
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  2. We have heard the Macedonian call today,
    “Send the light! Send the light!”
    And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay,
    Send the light! Send the light!
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  4. Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
    “Send the light! Send the light!”
    And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
    Send the light! Send the light!
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  6. Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
    “Send the light! Send the light!”
    Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
    Send the light! Send the light!



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4 comments

  1. What a beautiful song! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It is nice one isn't it?

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  2. I love this song. It is one that pops into my head often and the girls enjoy singing it, as well.

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