The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O'er The Plains

Words: Rev. W. J. Vernon

Music: Rev. W. J. Vernon
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Carol 118, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Oíer the plains the darkness deepens,
Shades of night, above, below,
All around a gloomy silence
Speak a world of sin and woe: -
Faith and Hope, attent are watching
For the tokens of the morn: -
Through the chill night air is glowing
Love, believing, yet forlorn!

2. Like a slumbírer wadíd by sunlight,
See the sleeping world arise
O the sudden blaze of glory
Bursting on the darkened eyes!
Light of Light, the Fatherís Brightness,
Son of Righteousness, is nigh,
And the shades of night forever
Vanish in His Light, and die.

3. Hark! what music fills the Heavens,
Changed by celestial choirs!
From the deep unseen resounding,
Echoing to seraphic lyres!
Rapt in solemn awe, adoring
Three in One and One in Three, -
All Creation wonders, listening
To the Angelsí minstrelsy.

4. Hail! ye mortals! captive, blinded,
Straying, wandering, dying, dead, -
Yours are freedom, truth, and guidance,
Godís own Light is on you shed!
Peace and Mercy, Life and Glory,
All are yours, in God who dwell; -
God is Love! He comes to give you
His own self, Emmanuel!

5. Hail! immortal heirs of Glory!
Citizens of Heaven above!
God in Man is in yon manger, -
Cradled there, Eternal Love!
Babe of Bethlehem! we know Thee,
Dying, Risen, Ascended Lord!
Mighty God! Triumphant Victor!
By angelic Hosts adored!

6. Glory to the Eternal Father!
To the Incarnate Son, we sing!
Glory to the Spirit dwelling
In the hearts where Christ is King -
Glory to Jehovah Jesus!
Glory to the Three in One!
Hallelujah! God is Human,
Man Divine, in Godís own Son!

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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