1 Wonderful tidings bring,
Messengers for the King,
Sounding aloud the Saviour's glory,
Bear the good news along.
Waft it in happy song,
News of salvation, precious story.
Good news from the regions eternal,
Good news from the Father above,
Good news and a message of mercy.
Redeemed through the Son of his love.
Over the sea of time,
Cometh a song sublime,
Tenderly sweet the chime of voices;
Voices of grateful song,
Echo the news along,
Calling the earth while heaven rejoices.
2 Hark, a glad chorus rings.
Praise to the King of kings,
Joyfully now his work progressing;
Over the land and sea.
Tell of his grace so free,
Carry the news of endless blessing.
Oh, tell of the deep, flowing fountain,
Oh, tell of the robes white and fair;
The feast, for the sinner returning,
The home, and the glad welcome there. [Refrain]
3 Onward the tidings roll,
Onward from pole to pole,
List to the song of rapture swelling;
Rising from souls new-born.
Hailing the gospel morn,
Wonderful joy its tones are telling.
Oh, spread the good news of redemption,
Let love be our happy refrain,
The love of a crucified Saviour,
He died, and is risen again. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >