269. The People That in Darkness Sat

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,
in shades of death have been.

2 To hail thee, Sun of Righteousness,
the gath'ring nations come;
they joy as when the reapers beat
their harvest treasures home,
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,
before the sword of God.

4 To us a Child of hope is born,
to us a Son is giv'n,
and on his shoulder ever rests
all pow'r in earth and heav'n,
all pow'r in earth and heav'n.

5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
the Everlasting Lord,
the Wonderful, the Counsellor,
the God by all adored,
the God by all adored.

6 His righteous government and pow'r
shall over all extend;
on judgment and on justice based,
his reign shall have no end,
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;
and Holy Spirit, one.

Text Information
First Line: The people that in darkness sat
Title: The People That in Darkness Sat
Author: John Morison (1781, alt.)
Meter: C.M.rep.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2018
Topic: Christ: Birth of; Christ: Deity of; Harvest and Thanksgiving (1 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Nikolaus Herman (1554)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (ca. 1738)
Meter: C.M.rep.
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Harm. in Canatat 151

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