The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 707.
Rapid Spread of the Gospel.
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;
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;
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;
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.