The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: Chronicles 36:22–23
This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of His people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.
Land of oriental splendor,
Worshipping the sun and flame,
Trusting blindly to the Koran,
Learn to love the Savior’s name.
Reject pantheistic teachings!
From Mahomet turn away!
What results arise from sun-praise?
Learn to love the heavenly rays.
That alone can give souls cleansing,
That alone can make souls light,
Learn of Jesus and His worship,
And the only path of right.
Ancient most of all the empires
Of which history doth tell;
Cyrus’ home, and Artaxerxes’,
Whom their followers served so well.
Land that held the captive Jewess—
Esther, loved and lovely queen;
Home of King Ahashuerus;
Clime of wondrous far Bahrein.
We are moved to speak thy praises,
We would recognize the aid
Thy brave daughters ever have
To our missionaries paid.
Persia’s daughters toil for Persia,
With the heart’s best, warmest love,
Pointing souls in darkness, wandering,
To the sunlit home above.
May she set the bright example,
Till all countries follow suit—
China’s daughters toil for China;
Then the work will bear much fruit.
When the dark-eyed heathen maiden
Of the Asiatic sea,
And when Afric’s sons and daughters
Give their days to teach of Thee.
Persia! land of unique beauty!
Lovelier textures ne’er were seen
Than are woven by thy skilled ones,
Out of wool and silken sheen.
Persia, we have sent assistance,
And we send assistance still;
For God always doubly helps those
Who but help themselves with will.