1 The people that in darkness sat
a glorious light have seen;
the light has shined on them who long
in shades of death have been.
2 To hail thee, Sun of Righteousness,
the gathering nations come;
they joy as when the reapers bear
their harvest treasures home.
3 For thou their burden dost remove,
and break the tyrant's rod,
as in the day when Midian fell
before the sword of God.
4 For unto us a child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and on his shoulder ever rests
all power in earth and heaven.
5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
the everlasting Lord,
the Wonderful, the Counsellor,
the God by all adored.
6 His righteous government and power
shall over all extend;
on judgement and on justice based,
his reign shall have no end.
7 Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,
and make us thine alone,
who with the Father ever art
and Holy Spirit One.
|First Line:||The people that in darkness sat|
|Author:||John Morrison (1750-1798) (alt.)|
|Topic:||Adoration; Advent; Church Year: Advent(8 more...)|
|Source:||Scottish Paraphrases, 1781|
|Source:||Melody from the Scottish Psalter, 1615 as set in Ravenscroft's The Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1621|