The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Lands That Long In Darkness Lay

Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1709.

Hymn 1:13.
The Son of God incarnate; or, The titles and the
kingdom of Christ, Isa. 9. 2 6 7.

Similar: John Morison, The Race That Long In Darkness Pined, from Scottish Paraphrases, 1781.

Music: "Ernan," Lowell Mason, 1850.
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Alternate tune:
"Duke Street," attributed to John Hatton, 1793
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1. The lands that long in darkness lay
Now have beheld a heav’nly light;
Nations that sat in death’s cold shade
Are blessed with beams divinely bright.

2. The virgin’s promised Son is born,
Behold th’expected Child appear:
What shall His names or titles be?
"The Wonderful, the Counsellor."

3. This infant is the mighty God,
Come to be suckled and adored;
Th’eternal Father, Prince of Peace,
The Son of David, and his Lord.

4. The government of earth and seas
Upon His shoulders shall be laid;
His wide dominions still increase,
And honors to His Name be paid.

5. Jesus, the holy Child, shall sit
High on His father David’s throne;
Shall crush His foes beneath His feet,
And reign to ages yet unknown.

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