1. Goodly were thy tents, O Israel,
Spread along the river’s side;
Bright thy star, which rose prophetic,
Herald of dominion wide;
Fairer are the homes of freemen,
Scattered o’er our broad domain;
Brighter is our rising daystar,
Ush’ring in a purer reign.
2. Welcome to the glorious freedom,
Which our fathers hither brought;
Welcome to the priceless treasure,
Which with constant faith they sought!
See, from ev’ry nation gath’ring,
Swarming myriads throng our coasts,
Hear, with steady steps advancing,
Ceaseless tread of countless hosts.
3. God of nations! Our Preserver,
Hear our prayers, our counsels bless;
Lift o’er all Thy radiant banner,
On these souls Thy love impress;
From Thy throne of endless blessing
O’er our land Thy Spirit pour;
In the grandeur of Thine empire
Reign supreme from shore to shore.
Wolcott, Samuel, D.D., was born at South Windsor, Connecticut, July 2, 1813, and educated at Yale College, 1833, and Andover Theological Seminary, 1837. From 1840 to 1842 he was a missionary in Syria. On his return to America he was successively pastor of several Congregational congregations, including Belchestown, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Chicago, &c. He was also for some time Secretary of the Ohio Home Missionary Society. He died at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Feb. 24, 1886. His hymnwriting began late in life, but has extended to more than 200 hymns, many of which are still in manuscript. Those of his hymns which have come into common use include:—
1. All thy realms in midnight shrouded. Mission. In the Oberlin Manual… Go to person page >