The people that walked in darkness…they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death. Isaiah 9:2
Words: Thomas Cotterill, Selection of Psalms and Hymns, 8th edition, 1819. John Julian stated this hymn seems to be based on O’er Those Gloomy Hills of Darkness, by William Williams.
Music: Putney Lowell Mason, Carmina Sacra (Boston, Massachusetts: John H. Wilkins & Richard B. Carter, 1844) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Cotterill (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
O’er the realms of pagan darkness,
Let the eye of pity gaze;
See the kindreds of the people
Lost in sin’s bewildering maze;
On the face of all the earth.
Thou to whom all power is given,
Speak the word; at Thy command
Let the company of preachers
Spread Thy name from land to land!
Lord, be with them
Alway to the end of time.