When in silence, o’er the deep,
Darkness kept its deathlike sleep,
Soon as God His mandate spoke,
Light in wondrous beauty broke.
But a beam of holier light
Gilded Bethlehem’s lonely night,
When the glory of the Lord,
Mercy’s sunlight, shone abroad.
“Peace on earth, good-will to men.”
Burst the glorious anthem then;
Angels, bending from above,
Joined that strain of holy love.
Floating o’er the waves of time,
Comes to us that song sublime,
Bearing to the pilgrim’s ear
Words to soothe, sustain, and cheer.
For creation’s blessed light,
Praise to Thee, Thou God of might!
Seraph-strains Thy name should bless
For the Sun of Righteousness!
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #568||Christmas||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary W. Hale||7s. M.||1866|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #568||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary W. Hale||1848|
|Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #224||When in silence, o'er the deep||M. W. Hale||1847||Jesus Christ, his Character and Offices ||
|Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d800||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary Whitwell Hale||1878|
|Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #337||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary W. Hale||1883|
|Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #363||When in silence, o'er the deep||M. W. Hale||1868|
|Hymn Book for Christian Worship #230||When in silence, o'er the deep||M. W. Hale||1854|
|Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d483||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary Whitwell Hale||1854|
|Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #279||When in silence, o'er the deep||Mary Whitwell Hale||1875||Christmas ||