This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, edited by R. Hall (London: Burton & Briggs, 1817), number 693.
Dissemination of the Scriptures.
If you know where to get a good picture of Beddome (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Hail that blissful day approaching,
When the sacred Word shall spread
To the earth’s remotest regions,
And to life restore the dead:
When all nations
Shall acknowledge Christ their head.
Precious Bible, what a treasure
Is within thy pages stored,
Sacred promises and precepts,
Doctrines worthy of the Lord;
Streams of mercy
Flowing wide and far abroad.
By their influence, the desert
Shall become a fertile plain,
Buds and blossoms spread their beauties,
Concord there begin its reign:
May it still new conquests gain.