From the Eastern Mountains, by Godfrey Thring   2 comments

Mount Damavand, in Iran

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Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) was a priest of the Church of England.  This text dates to 1873.

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

1.  From the eastern mountains,

Pressing on they come,

Wise men in their wisdom,

To his humble home;

Stirred by deep devotion,

Hasting from afar,

Ever journ’ying onward,

Guided by a star.

Light of life, that shinest

Ere the world began,

Draw Thou near and lighten,

Every heart of man.

2.    There their Lord and Saviour

Meetk and lowly lay,

Wondrous Light that led them

Onward on their way,

Ever now to lighten

Nations from afar,

As they journey homeward

By that guiding star.

Light of Life, that shinest

Ere the world began,

Draw Thou near and lighten

Every heart of man.

3.  Thou Who in a manger

Once hast lowly lain,

Who dost now in glory

O’er all kingdoms reign,

Gather in the heathen,

Who in lands afar

Ne’er have seen the brightness

Of Thy guiding star.

Light of Life, that shinest

Ere the world began,

Draw Thou near and lighten

Every heart of man.

4.  Gather in the outcasts,

All who’ve gone astray,

Throw Thy radiance o’er them,

Guide them on their way,

Those who’ve wandered far,

Lead them by the brightness

Of Thy guiding star.

Light of Life, that shinest

Ere the world began,

Draw Thou near and lighten

Every heart of man.

5.  Until every nation,

Whether bond or free,

‘Neath Thy starlight banner,

Jesus, follows Thee

O’er the distant mountains

To that heavenly home,

Where no sin nor sorrow

Evermore shall come.

Light of Life, that shinest

Ere the world began,

Draw Thou near and lighten

Every heart of man.

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