10671. The Scene Around Me Disappears

1 The scene around me disappears,
And, borne to ancient regions,
While time recalls the flight of years,
I see angelic legions
Descending in an orb of light,
Amidst the dark and silent night,
I hear celestial voices.

2 Tidings, glad tidings, from above,
To every age and nation;
Tidings, glad tidings—God is love;
To man He sends salvation;
His Son beloved, His only Son,
The work of mercy hath begun;
Give to His name the glory.

3 Through David’s city I am led;
Here all around are sleeping;
A light directs to yon poor shed,
Where lonely watch is keeping;
I enter—ah! what glories shine!
Is this Immanuel’s earthly shrine?
Messiah’s infant temple?

4 It is; it is—and I adore
This Stranger meek and lowly,
As saints and seraphs bow before
The throne of God thrice holy;
Faith through the veil of flesh can see
The face of Thy divinity,
My Lord, my God, my Savior!

Text Information
First Line: The scene around me disappears
Title: The Scene Around Me Disappears
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Source: Christian Psalmist, 1825
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Charles Beecher, 1815-1900
Key: C Major
Source: Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes by Henry Ward Beecher (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1855)
Copyright: Public Domain

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