319. Spread of the Gospel

1 Bright as the sun’s meridian blaze,
Vast as the blessings he conveys,
Wide as his reign from pole to pole,
And permanent as his control.

2 So, Jesus, let thy kingdom come,
Then sin and hell’s terrific gloom
Shall, at his brightness, flee away,
The dawn of an eternal day.

3 "Then shall the heathen, fill'd with awe,
Learn the blest knowledge of thy law:
And antichrist on ev'ry shore,
Fall from his throne to rise no more."

4 Then shall thy lofty praise resound
On Afric's shores--thro' India's ground,
And islands of the southern sea
Shall stretch their eager arms to thee.

5 Then shall the Jew and Gentile meet
In pure devotion at thy feet:
And earth shall yield thee, as thy due,
Her fulness and her glory too.

6 O that from Zion now might shine
This heavenly light, this truth divine:
Till the whole universe shall be
But one great temple, Lord, to thee.

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First Line: Bright as the sun's meridian blaze
Title: Spread of the Gospel
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1845
Topic: The Church: General and Missionary Hymns
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