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On earth was darkness spread

On earth was darkness spread

Published in 14 hymnals

Full Text

On earth was darkness spread,
One boundless night;
“Let there be light,” God said,—
And there was light!

There hung a deeper gloom
O’er quick and dead,
But Jesus burst the tomb,
And darkness fled.

God by His word arrayed
Darkness with light;
God by His Son displayed
Day without night.

For thee, O man, arose
Creation’s ray;
For thee, too, brighter glows
Salvation’s day.

The beams first poured on earth
For mortals shone;
The light of later birth
Immortals own.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #138

Text Information

First Line: On earth was darkness spread



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #138Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #138Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Sanctuary. Rev.ed. with a Supplement #d64
Asaph: or, The Choir Book #d195
Church Music, a Collection of Hymn Tunes. #d126
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #264Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #264Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #176Page Scan
Jubilant Voices #d134
Resurgit: a Collection of Hymns and Songs of the Resurrection #d101
The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d307
The Harp #283Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #242bPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d833
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