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Hymn of Light

O joyful Light, by Whose clear shining only,
In trust we seek, and seeking find a way;
Strength of the tempted, Brother of the lonely,
From out our darkness bringest Thou the day.
Lo having Thee, we lose not one another,
Sundered, united, dying but to birth;
All worlds are one in Thee, O more than brother,
And one our family in heaven and earth.

So shine in us, our little love reproving,
That souls of men may kindle at the flame;
The whole world’s hatred, broken by our loving
Shall bow to love, Thine everlasting name.
Therefore to Thee be praise and thanksgiving
To Father, Son, and Comforter Divine;
We lift our voice and sing with all things living,
O Light of Life, the Glory that is Thine.
Betty Sutton, Old Girls’ Day, 1932

Betty Sutton
Old Girls’ Day, 1932


According to the family of Betty Sutton, she wrote the words of the ‘Hymn of Light’ as well as the words for the hymn ‘Look down, O Father, on our native land.’ She was apparently quite secretive about her writing but told one of her nieces that she had written the ‘Hymn of Light’. A little book found amongst her possessions, ‘Krishnaji: The Light Bringer’, published in 1928, seems to have been her inspiration for the hymn. She had marked certain passages which refer to light shining in darkness and brining of light. The Hymn of Light was sung at the dedication of the New Wing on 24 June 1938 and was here referred to as the school hymn. It was also sung at the Diamond Jubilee in September 1939.

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