Scripture Verse

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


Thomas T. Lynch (1818–1871)

Words: Tho­mas T. Lynch, The Ri­vu­let (Lon­don: Long­mans, Green, Read­er & Dy­er, 1868), num­ber 107.

Music: No­el, tra­di­tion­al air. Ar­ranged by Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)


A thou­sand years have come and gone,
And near a thou­sand more,
Since hap­pier light from Hea­ven shone
Than ev­er shone before:
And in the hearts of old and young
A joy most joy­ful stirred,
That sent such news from tongue to tongue
As ears had ne­ver heard.

Then an­gels on their star­ry way
Felt bliss un­felt be­fore,
For news that men should be as they
To dark­ened earth they bore;
So toil­ing men and spi­rits bright
A first com­mun­ion had,
And in meek mer­cy’s ris­ing light
Were each ex­ceed­ing glad.

And we are glad, and we will sing,
As in the days of yore;
Come all, and hearts made rea­dy bring,
To wel­come back once more
The day when first on win­try earth
A sum­mer change began,
And, dawn­ing in a low­ly birth
Uprose the Light of man.

For trou­ble such as men must bear
From child­hood to four­score,
He shared with us, that we might share
His joy for­ev­er­more;
And twice a thou­sand years of grief
Of con­flict, and of sin,
May tell how large the har­vest-sheaf
His pa­tient love shall win.