Upon the gospel's sacred pageAuthor: John Bowring
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1 Upon the gospel's sacred page
The gathered beams of ages shine;
And, as it hastens, ev'ry age
But makes its brightness more divine.
2 On mightier wing, in loftier flight,
From year to year does knowledge soar;
And, as it soars, the gospel light
Becomes effulgent more and more.
3 More glorious, still, as centuries roll,
New regions blest, new pow'rs unfurled,
Expanding with th' expanding soul,
Its radiance shall o'er flow the world.
4 Slow to restore, but not destroy;
As when the cloudless lamp of day
Pours out its flood of light and joy,
And sweeps the ling'ring mists away.
Source: Hallowed Hymns, New and Old #221
Upon the Gospel's sacred page. Sir J. Bowring. [Progress of the Gospel.] Contributed to Beard's Unitarian Collection of Hymns, 1837, No. 206, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, “Progress of Gospel truth." It was included in the 3rd edition of the author's Matins and Vespers, 1841, p. 240, and subsequently in several hymnbooks, especially in America. In the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, No. 698, "On mightier wing, in loftier flight," is composed of st. ii., iv., v. (slightly altered) of this hymn.
John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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