1. Waking out of silence rang a heav’nly song,
Darkness giving place to light divine;
Thro’ the gates of Heaven came an angel throng,
Hasting down to join in chant sublime;
Wonderful the music over Bethle’em’s hill!
Wonderful the light that shone around!
"Glory in the highest," and on earth goodwill!
Earth, attend the glad, angelic sound!
Silent no more
Is the scene of that song;
Still to faith it ringeth clear,
To love it still is dear,
No darkness may reign
O’er that hillside and plain;
That light divine,
To faith doth shine,
So bright, so strong!
2. Waking out of silence came an angel voice,
"Fear not," thus doth Heaven comfort send,
Fear may well give place to joy, O earth, rejoice!
Angel tongues announce your mighty Friend.
Shepherds heard the message, we are telling now;
Sages followed far the King to see.
Come, oh come, and in His royal presence bow!
Hail the day He came our King to be. [Refrain]
3. Waking out of silence comes a voice divine,
Clouds and darkness lift, and are no more;
Heav’nly light and blessing o’er our pathway shine,
Jesus speaks to help us o’er and o’er.
He, who came attended by the angel choir,
He, who lowly lay in yonder stall!
Reigneth now the King of kings, our hearts’ Desire,
Fairest of ten thousand! Lord of all! [Refrain]
Flora Kirkland was born in 1862 in Kentucky, before moving to Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from school she became a public school teacher for the seventh grade. She was a member of Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church for which she wrote a number of hymns. She was very active in the Wallabout Bay Mission in that neighborhood of Brooklyn. Most of Wallabout Bay would be filled in to make way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She died 17 January 1911.
Brooklyn Standard Union, 16 January 1911 Go to person page >
Display Title: Waking Out of SilenceFirst Line: Waking out of silence rang a heav'nly songTune Title: [Waking out of silence rang a heav'nly song]Author: Flora KirklandSource: Sunday School Hymns No. 1, by Isaac H. Meredith, Grant C. Tullar & Joseph W. Lerman (New York: Tullar-Meredith Company, 1903), number 253