1 Thou art the Way: by thee alone
from sin and death we flee;
and they who would the Father seek
must seek him, Lord, by thee.
2 Thou art the Truth: thy word alone
true wisdom can impart;
thou only canst inform the mind
and purify the heart.
3 Thou art the Life: the rending tomb
proclaims thy conquering arm;
and those who put their trust in thee
nor death nor hell shall harm.
4 Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life:
grant us that Way to know,
that Truth to keep, that Life to win,
whose joys eternal flow.
Mr. Doane was an American man named after president George Washington. Lived 1799-1859. He took the position of Assistant Minister at Trinity church after graduation from Union College. In 1824 Professor at Trinity college, 1828 Rector of Trinity Church in Boston. He also was Bishop of New Jersey. He founded St. Mary's hall in Burlington and also the Burlington College.
Bishop Doane was man of talent and education, as well a strong character. With a big heart, he had a great many devoted friends who remember him fondly. He had a variety of troubles in his life, which affected his later poetry. Four volumes of hymns and poetry show the work that he put forth.
This hymn is by far his most popular. Isn't it a great hymn? With Softly now the light of day being his second most popular.
Even though he was considered a fair and able administrator and disciplinarian, he was not as good in the financial department when it came to the running of St. Mary's hall and the Burlington College. He ran up rather large debts in regards to them.
I know that he had at a son named William, who also became a Bishop.