52. The people that in darkness sat

1 The people that in darkness sat
a glorious light have seen;
the light has shined on them who long
in shades of death have been.

2 To hail thee, Sun of Righteousness,
the gathering nations come;
they joy as when the reapers bear
their harvest treasures home.

3 For thou their burden dost remove,
and break the tyrant's rod,
as in the day when Midian fell
before the sword of God.

4 For unto us a child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and on his shoulder ever rests
all power in earth and heaven.

5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
the everlasting Lord,
the Wonderful, the Counsellor,
the God by all adored.

6 His righteous government and power
shall over all extend;
on judgement and on justice based,
his reign shall have no end.

7 Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,
and make us thine alone,
who with the Father ever art
and Holy Spirit One.

Text Information
First Line: The people that in darkness sat
Author: John Morrison (1750-1798) (alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Topic: Adoration; Advent; Church Year: Advent (8 more...)
Source: Scottish Paraphrases, 1781
Tune Information
Meter: CM
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Melody from the Scottish Psalter, 1615 as set in Ravenscroft's The Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1621

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