Bernard Barton (January 31, 1784 – February 19, 1849) was known as the Quaker poet. Born of Quaker parentage in London, educated at a Quaker school in Ipswich, passed nearly all his life at Woodbridge, for the most part as a clerk in a bank. His wife died at the end of their first year of marriage.
With the exception of some hymns, his works are now nearly forgotten, but he was a most amiable and estimable man-simple and sympathetic. His best known hymns are Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace, Walk in the light, so shalt thou know, Fear not, Zion’s sons and daughters, Hath the invitation ended?, See we not beyond the portal?, Those who live in love shall know.
We sang this in church today. For me, it was my first time learning this short but meaningful hymn. I would like to dedicate this hymn to Henry from http://www.walkinlight.com whose domain name matches the name of this hymn, and to all those from New Life BP Church.
May we always walk in the light of Jesus. (Jn 8:12)
Lyrics: Bernard Barton
Music: American Melody
Walk in the light! so thou know that fellowship of love.
His Spirit only can bestow Who reigns in light above.
Walk in the light! and thou shalt find Thy heart made truly His
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined, In whom no darkness is.
Walk in the light! and thou shalt own Thy darkness passed away
Because that light hath on thee shine In which is perfect day.
Walk in the light! and e’en the tomb No fearful shade shall wear
Glory shall chase away its gloom, For Christ hath conquered there.
Walk in the light! thy path shall be A path, tho thorny bright
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee, And God himself is light.