1 Through midnight ages dark and lone,
Oppression triumphed o’er the free;
They set the watch, they rolled the stone,
Upon the grave of liberty;
When lo! the angels burst the gloom,
And Freedom rises from the tomb.
2 Robed in the sable veil of fear,
The mourners haste at early day,
But angels from a brighter sphere
Disperse their gloomy cares away;
Rejoice! O earth, rejoice! they cry
For Freedom lives, no more to die.
3 O Christ, our Savior! Thou who art
The Lord and ruler of the free,
Reveal to every human heart
The freedom that is found in Thee;
So shall the world’s last tyrant fall,
And love and light be all in all.
Harris, Thomas Lake, born May 15, 1823. Under his name three hymns are given in the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864:—(1) "In every human mind we see" (The Soul God's Temple); (2) "Look up, O man, behold the same" (God All in All); (3) "O earth, thy past is crowned and consecrated" (Past, Present and Future).
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >
Display Title: Through Midnight Ages Dark And LoneFirst Line: Through midnight ages dark and loneTune Title: PLANOAuthor: Thomas L. HarrisMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns of Spiritual Devotion (New York: New Church Publishing Association, 1857)