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The Gloomy Night Will Soon Be Past

Tune: Spohr C.M.

1 THE gloomy night will soon be past,
The morning will appear,
The harbinger of day at last
Each waiting eye will cheer.

2 Thou Bright and Morning Star, Thy light
Will to our joy be seen;
Thou, Lord, wilt meet our longing sight
Without a cloud between.

3 Ah, yes, Lord Jesus (Thou whose heart
Still for Thy saints doth care),
We shall behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy full image bear.

4 Thy love sustains us by the way,
While pilgrims here below;
Thou dost, O Saviour, day by day,
Thy suited grace bestow.

5 But oh! the more we learn of Thee,
And Thy rich mercy prove,
The more we long Thy face to see,
And fully prove Thy love.

6 Then, shine, Thou Bright and Morning Star,
We wait for Thee to come
And take, from sin and grief afar,
Thy blood-bought people home.

Don Huntington said ...
This hymn was a staple at the Lord's Supper in New Carlisle, Quebec, Canada from 1907 through 2000 and brings back sweet memories of gentle, sincere believers all of whom are now in the Glory. A wonderful hymn.
Friday, Jun 10, 2022 : 08:21
Nick Fleet said ...
Indeed, a lovely hymn of Sir Edward Denny's - it's a pity, though, that the tune Spohr here is the cut-down (C.M.) version rather than the fuller version associated with the hymn 'O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head' (#137). The short version doesn't do the tune justice.
Friday, Jun 10, 2022 : 14:49
Syd said ...
Nick I believe this was a hymn of Samuel Tregelles.
Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 : 03:00
Nick Fleet said ...
Syd, I stand corrected! I was confusing it with #488, " 'Tis past, the dark and dreary night".
Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 : 04:07
Timothy Stunt said ...

This is indeed by Samuel Tregelles. It was published originally in The Inquirer iii (Sept 1840) p.422 where several lines are slightly different from this version. Most notably, line three of verse one should read 'The rays of blessed light at last' and not 'The harbinger of day at last'. Similarly in the last verse, the second line should read 'Dispel the dreary gloom;' and not 'We wait for Thee to come'. The poem is signed with a capital gamma — an anonymous signature which Tregelles used on other occasions.  Timothy Stunt

Monday, Jun 13, 2022 : 03:36

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