1 Good news and glad tidings, oh, spread it abroad!
Let praise and thanksgiving ascend up to God;
For Jesus, our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend,
Hath left His bright kingdom, His own to defend.
His blood now will cleanse us, from sin make us free;
Good news and glad tidings for you and for me.
2 Good news and glad tidings for souls tempest-tossed;
With Christ as your pilot, you cannot be lost;
Oh, trust in His promise, that never will fail,
As onward, still onward toward heaven you sail. [Refrain]
3 Good news and glad tidings, salvation is near!
Rejoice, all creations, Christ’s kingdom is here!
Oh, brother, benighted, take heed to the sound,
Good news and glad tidings, the lost has been found. [Refrain]
Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her… Go to person page >