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O darkest night that ever fell!

O darkest night that ever fell!

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 2 hymnals

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O darkest night that ever fell!
Before the sun had set,
The light was blotted from the heavens,
And death, and darkness met.

For God had turned His face away
From all the sin He bore,
Whom in His love to earth He sent,
To bear our suffering sore.

Ah! darkest night that ever falls
On soul of human race,
When God in anger turns away
The brightness of His face;

Then, sun and moon, and stars are lost,
Amid’ our hopeless night;
And all the radiant bliss of life
Is curtained from our sight.

O Christ, Thou art our Light, and Sun,
Our Hope ’mid guilty fears;
No night surrounds Thy presence now,
Nor threatening cloud appears;

And sin and death no longer reign,
Nor day to dark declines,
For, from the Father’s face, a light
Of reconcilement shines.

Hymns from the Morningland, 1911

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: O darkest night that ever fell!
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English


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