9495. Long Had The Nations Sat

1 Long had the nations sat
O’erwhelmed in shades of night;
Thick shades which scarce admission gave
To one faint gleam of light.

2 Behold the morning star,
Now ushers in the day!
John, was that burning shining light,
Sent to prepare the way.

3 Behold a greater light,
The sun itself arise!
Jesus, bright sun of righteousness,
Salutes our wondering eyes.

4 Light of the world! His beams
Dispel the doleful night;
He from our eyelids clears the film,
And pours in heavenly light.

5 Jesus! Thou light of men!
Thy doctrine life imparts;
O may we feel its quickening power,
To warm and glad our hearts.

6 Cheered by Thy beams, our souls
Shall run the heavenly way;
The paths which Thou hast marked and trod
Shall lead to endless day.

Text Information
First Line: Long had the nations sat
Title: Long Had The Nations Sat
Author: John Needham
Meter: SM
Source: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: John Goss (1872)
Meter: SM
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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