The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.@Isaiah 9:2

Ed­mund S. Lo­renz, Mis­sion­a­ry Songs (New York: Lo­renz & Com­pa­ny, 1880) (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as E. D. Mund, one of Lo­renz’ pseu­do­nyms.

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Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)

Far, far, over the sea,
Nations wait in agony;
Come, come, over the sea,
Bring the light, let darkness flee.
Dark the shadows round them fall,
Gloom and horror cover all;
Vainly grope their souls for light,
Hope ne’er cheers their rayless night.

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Far, far, over the sea,
Nations wait in agony;
Come, come, over the sea,
Bring the light, let darkness flee.

Far, far, over the sea,
Souls lament sin’s tyranny;
Fly, fly, over the sea,
Bring the Gospel, set them free.
Chained by sin in dungeons vile,
Scourged by passions fierce the while;
Vexed by superstition’s blight,
Vain their trust in evil rite.

Refrain

Far, far, over the sea,
Bring sweet answer to their plea;
Ring, ring, over the sea,
Loud the notes of Jubilee.
Gospel light brings full release,
Cries of pain shall end in peace;
Prayer and song shall soon resound
All the joyous earth around.

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