At First I Prayed for Light

Song Background This song was written by Ednah Cheney in 1850. She was a writer, reformer, suffragist, civil rights activist, and editor, who married an artist named Seth. After her husband and only daughter’s death, Ednah spent her time supporting the cause of African Americans and women in the US. For more information about her, …

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Not I, But Christ

Song Background This song was written by Ada Whiddington (lyrics, 1891) with melodies penned by Albert Simpson and Frances Bolton. The Bible verse that comes to mind with this song is what John the Baptist said when his disciples protested about Jesus’ growing popularity: “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30) Lyrics 1. Not …

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Oh For a Faith

Song Background William Bathurst, the writer of this hymn (one of 200 hymns), was inspired by Luke 17:5-6 (See p.103 from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan) “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this …

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