Scripture Verse

Thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1

Introduction

Words: Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Ho­ly Voic­es, ed­it­ed by Isai­ah Balt­zell & Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Will­iam J. Shu­ey, 1883), num­ber 235.

Music: Ba­tan­gas George C. Steb­bins, in Roy­al Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & Ira D. San­key (New York and Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1898), num­ber 47 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
George C. Stebbins
(1846–1945)

Lyrics

What means this glorious radiance
Across Judea’s plain?
These white winged angels singing
In such exultant strain?

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The King of glory cometh,
Earth’s broken hearts to bind,
And God’s salvation morning
Hath dawned for all mankind.

What means this wondrous story
The holy angels tell,
Of One who reigned in Heaven,
And now on earth would dwell?

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Why bend these eastern sages
To one of lowly birth?
What means this heav’nly message
Of love and peace on earth?

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Ye wand’rers in earth’s darkness,
On ocean deep and land,
Hail, hail the joyful tidings,
The morning is at hand.

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