Scripture Verse

The day of the Lord is at hand. Joel 1:15


Words: Hen­ry Bur­ton, 1900. Bur­ton wrote these words at Sands, near Li­ver­pool, Eng­land, on Christ­mas Eve: The op­en­ing stan­za was com­posed on the Rail­way Bridge where I lin­gered on my way home.

Music: Ber­tha W. Hes­lop, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Hym­nal Sup­ple­ment with Tunes, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing House, 1912), num­ber 59 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know Hes­lop’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Bur­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Break, day of God, Oh break,
Sweet light of heavenly skies!
I all for Thee forsake,
And from my dead self rise;
O Lamb of God, whose love is light,
Shine on my soul, and all is bright.

Break, day of God, Oh break!
The night has lingered long;
Our hearts with sighing wake,
We weep for sin and wrong:
O bright and morning star, draw near;
O Sun of Righteousness, appear.

Break, day of God, Oh break!
The earth with strife is worn;
The hills with thunder shake,
Hearts of the people mourn;
Break, day of God, sweet day of peace,
And bid the shout of warriors cease!

Break, day of God, Oh break,
Like to the days above!
Let purity awake,
And faith, and hope, and love:
But lo! we see the brightening sky;
The golden morn is drawing nigh.