1 The church of the morning bright,
Like crystal so clear her light,
Triumphant, she knew no fears;
In finest white linen dressed;
Pure holiness she possessed,
Two hundred and sev’nty years.
Hell never can destroy the church,
Built by the Savior’s hands;
Upon the Rock, the solid Rock,
Christ Jesus, still she stands;
Despite of persecution’s flood,
And gates of hell forsooth;
She’s still the kingdom of the Lord,
The pillar of the truth.
2 The sun went down ere his time,
The moon also ceased to shine,
Left Zion in bitter tears;
No star then appeared in sight,
Oh, long dreary papal night!
Twelve hundred and sixty years. [Refrain]
3 A rising the sun of day,
Disperses the night away
While popery quakes with fears;
Shone dimly the gospel ray,
There followed a cloudy day—
Three hundred and fifty years. [Refrain]
4 We welcome the evening light;
The gospel so clear and bright
Breaks forth as in days of yore;
The mists are all cleared away,
All hail the supernal day!
The sun shall go down no more. [Refrain]
Display Title: Biblical Trace of the ChurchFirst Line: The church of the morning brightTune Title: [The church of the morning bright]Author: William G. SchellMeter: 188.8.131.52.7.7 RScripture: Revelation 11:2; Revelation 11:9; Revelation 12:6Source: The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (503); Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Biblical_Trace_of_the_Church); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (20)