Scripture Verse

The valley of vision. Isaiah 22:1


Words: E. Wells, in The In­ter­na­tion­al Les­son Hym­nal (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Da­vid C. Cook, 1878), num­ber 73.

Music: Kal­i­man­tan Frank M. Da­vis, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Wells’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Frank M. Davis


The valley of vision
Is dusty and dry,
The dead are laid there
’Neath the storms of the sky;
Come the sunshine and rain
And the seasons and years,
But no sign of life
In the valley appears.


But these that are dead
May have life now again,
If Thy Spirit breathe
And Thy Word shall proclaim;
Then breathe in these slain,
For they’re dead in sin,
Cause life to abound
Where destruction has been.

Was Israel lost
And her hope perished quite?
Did God with His judgment
Her sins thus requite?
Are we not more favored
Than they that were slain?
Then help us the blessing
Of grace to obtain.


The world, with its multitude,
Needs the same Word,
A greater than prophet’s
Evangel is heard;
Awake from the dead,
Thou that sleepest, arise,
Christ gives to thee light,
Is thy guide to the skies.