So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

Darkness Long Hath Veiled The Nations

Darkness long hath veiled the nations

Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Darkness long hath veiled the nations,
And a guilty world appears
Full of cruel habitations,
Strife and hatred, groans and tears;
Lord of mercy,
May we look for brighter years?

2 Yes, we hear Thy word declaring
That all hearts shall bow to Thee;
That Thy mercy is preparing
To fulfill the high decree;
And that shortly
Satan’s captives shall be free.

3 Savior, though by man rejected,
Pity our apostate race;
Let those years, so long expected,
Rich with Heaven’s unbounded grace,
Soon refresh us
With the brightness of Thy face.

4 Rouse the heathen from their slumbers,
With a loud awakening call;
Bring them in increasing numbers
Humbly at Thy feet to fall;
Reign amongst us,
Honored, loved, and served by all

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9545

Author: William Hiley Bathurst

Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Darkness long hath veiled the nations
Title: Darkness Long Hath Veiled The Nations
Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9545
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #9545

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us