1 Bright as the sun’s meridian blaze,
Vast as the blessings he conveys,
Wide as his reign from pole to pole,
And permanent as his control.
2 So, Jesus, let thy kingdom come,
Then sin and hell’s terrific gloom
Shall, at his brightness, flee away,
The dawn of an eternal day.
3 "Then shall the heathen, fill'd with awe,
Learn the blest knowledge of thy law:
And antichrist on ev'ry shore,
Fall from his throne to rise no more."
4 Then shall thy lofty praise resound
On Afric's shores--thro' India's ground,
And islands of the southern sea
Shall stretch their eager arms to thee.
5 Then shall the Jew and Gentile meet
In pure devotion at thy feet:
And earth shall yield thee, as thy due,
Her fulness and her glory too.
6 O that from Zion now might shine
This heavenly light, this truth divine:
Till the whole universe shall be
But one great temple, Lord, to thee.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #319