The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.@Isaiah 9:2
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Douglas L. Rights (1891-1956)

Douglas L. Rights, 1915.

Nicht So Traurig Johann G. Ebeling, 1666 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Veiled in darkness Judah lay,
Waiting for the promised day,
While across the shadowy night
Streamed a flood of glorious light,
Heav’nly voices chanting then,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

Still the earth in darkness lies.
Up from death’s dark vale arise
Voices of a world in grief,
Prayers of men who seek relief:
Now our darkness pierce again,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

Light of light, we humbly pray,
Shine upon Thy world today;
Break the gloom of our dark night,
Fill our souls with love and light,
Send Thy blessèd Word again,
Peace on earth, good will to men.