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Heralds of Zion

Glad as the morning, swift as the light

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: [Glad as the morning, swift as the light]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Glad as the morning, swift as the light,
Heralds of Zion go forth in might;
Over the mountain, over the deep,
Go where the heathen weep.

Far and wide the Sabbath music roll,
Peace and joy for each benighted soul,
Labor and triumph, God will provide,
Tell them, tell them, tell them that Jesus died.

2 Earnest and eager, glad hearts of youth,
Soft hands of childhood, speed on the truth;
List to the children over the sea,
Crying for help from thee. [Chorus]

3 Free as the sunshine, wide as its ray,
Tidings of gladness, haste on your way,
Healing the sorrow, loosing the chain,
Teaching that Christ shall reign. [Chorus]

4 Clothed with salvation, shielded with might,
Heralds of Zion, bear on the light,
Over the desert, waiting for thee,
See how the shadows flee. [Chorus]

Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #220

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Glad as the morning, swift as the light
Title: Heralds of Zion
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Refrain First Line: Far and wide the Sabbath music roll



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Children's Praises #d12

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Garlands of Praise #80

Gospel Praise Book, enlarged ed. #d42

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Gospel Praise Book. #220

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The Devotional Chimes #89

The Gem of Gems #d45

The Wave of Sunday School Song #d25

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