1 Prophetic era! blissful day!
We catch thy warm, inspiring ray,
Which gleams o’er India’s plains;
We hail the dawn of morning light
That breaks upon the gloomy night,
Where superstition reigns.
2 We hasten thy advance to meet;
With vivid joy the sign we greet,
That brightens in the sky—
The peaceful sign of heavenly love,
Which like the holy mystic dove,
Declares Messiah nigh.
3 Behold! He comes in triumph now;
Before Him see the mountains bow,
And all the valleys rise;
He comes with majesty and grace,
To sanctify the human race,
And raise them to the skies.
4 We’ll aid Thy triumphs, mighty King!
The glories of Thy cross we’ll sing,
And shout salvation round;
Till every nation, every land,
From Greenland’s shore to Afric’s strand
Shall echo back the sound.
5 Let earth commence the lofty praise;
Let Heaven prolong th’enraptured lays,
Swell every tuneful lyre;
Bright seraphs! chant th’immortal song,
And pour the bounding notes along,
From Heaven’s eternal choir.
Steane, Edward, D.D., was born at Oxford, Mar. 23, 1798, studied at the Baptist College, Bristol, and at Edinburgh University. In 1823 he became pastor of a Baptist church at Camberwell, London, where he laboured with success until his death on May 8, 1882, Dr. Steane was for many years one of the most eminent ministers of the Baptist denomination. He was one of the founders of the Baptist Union; the Bible Translation Society; and the Evangelical Alliance. He edited Evangelical Christendom; and published The Doctrine of Christ developed by the Apostles, in 1872. He was one of the Committee which prepared the Baptist New Selection in 1828. The only hymn known to have been composed by him appeared in that book:— "Prophetic era! blissful d… Go to person page >