Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Na­ncy T. Mun­roe, before 1850.

Music: Mis­sion­ary Hymn Lo­well Ma­son, 1823 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Munroe (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

A glorious day is dawning,
And o’er the waking earth
The heralds of the morning
Are springing into birth.
In dark and hidden places
There shines the blessèd light;
The beam of truth displaces
The darkness of the night.

The advocates of error
Foresee the glorious morn,
And hear in shrinking terror,
The watchword of reform:
It rings from hill and valley,
It breaks oppression’s chain.
A thousand freemen rally,
And swell the mighty strain.

The watchword has been spoken,
The light has broken forth,
Far shines the blessèd token
Upon the startled earth,
To hearts and homes benighted,
The blessèd Truth is given,
And peace and love, united,
Point upward unto Heav’n.