1 The people that in darkness sat
a glorious light have seen;
the light has shined on them who long
in shades of death have been.
2 To hail thee, Sun of Righteousness,
the gathering nations come;
they joy as when the reapers bear
their harvest treasures home.
3 For thou their burden dost remove,
and break the tyrant's rod,
as in the day when Midian fell
before the sword of God.
4 For unto us a child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and on his shoulder ever rests
all power in earth and heaven.
5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
the everlasting Lord,
the Wonderful, the Counsellor,
the God by all adored.
6 His righteous government and power
shall over all extend;
on judgement and on justice based,
his reign shall have no end.
7 Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,
and make us thine alone,
who with the Father ever art
and Holy Spirit One.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #52
|First Line:||The race that long in darkness pined|
|Title:||The Race That Long in Darkness Pined|
|Versifier:||John Morison (1781)|