Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2


Edward J. Hopkins (1818–1901)

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 707. Ra­pid Spread of the Gos­pel.

Music: Wil­ders­mouth Ed­ward J. Hop­kins, 1879 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


See the vi­vid light­nings flash­ing,
Turning dark­some night to day;
Swift the mo­tion, great the pow­er,
Nothing can ob­struct the way;
All cre­ation
Pay their hom­age and obey.

Thus shall spread the glo­ri­ous Gos­pel,
To the earth’s re­mot­est bound;
Distant em­pires, lands and na­tions,
Soon shall hear the so­lemn sound;
Darkness flee­ing,
Light shall ev­ery­where abound.

Grace and mer­cy then des­cend­ing,
Shall the stub­born heart sub­due,
Christ re­veal His great sal­va­tion,
To the Gen­tile and the Jew;
Numerous con­verts
Shall ap­pear like morn­ing dew.

Lo, He comes in state and glo­ry,
Bands ce­les­ti­al line the way;
Saints, go forth and meet your Sav­ior,
And the deep­est re­ver­ence pay;
Join your tri­umphs,
Hail the joy­ful, hap­py day.