Scripture Verse

Arise, shine, for thy Light is come. Isaiah 60:1


Mary A. Lathbury (1841–1913)

Words: Ma­ry A. Lath­bu­ry, in Gos­pel Hymns Nos. 2, by Ira D. San­key et al. (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1876).

Music: Phi­lip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)


Lift up, lift up thy voice with sing­ing,
Dear land, with strength lift up thy voice!
The king­doms of the earth are bring­ing
Their trea­sures to thy gates—Rejoice!


Arise and shine in youth im­mor­tal,
Thy light is come, thy king ap­pears!
Beyond the cen­tu­ry’s swing­ing por­tal,
Breaks a new dawn—the thou­sand years.

And shall His flock with strife be riv­en?
Shall en­vi­ous lines His church di­vide,
When He, the Lord of earth and Hea­ven,
Stands at the door to claim His bride?


Lift up thy gates! Bring forth obla­tions!
One crowned with crowns a mes­sage brings:
His Word, a sword to smite the na­tions;
His name—The Christ, the King of kings.


He comes! Let all the earth ad­ore Him;
The path His hu­man na­ture trod
Spreads to a roy­al realm be­fore Him,
The Life of life, The Word of God!