Great darkness spread across the trembling earth
And stole through cities vast and wide expanse.
It stifled into mourning human mirth
And demons loosed in all consuming dance
Triumphant in their soul destructive glee.
It seemed that no great devil could enhance
Contention for it ran through spirits free.
But look! Above the darkness’ evil space
What is it there that those with shackles see?
It glows as sweet as heaven’s tender grace
And reaches through the sinfulness to man
Destroying inclinations foul and base
And rendering to soul the strength to stand
Reminds us truth of who we really are.
It forges goodness to a mighty band
Of righteous souls from near and ever far
And lends us Captain to our blesséd fight.
For yonder see the Bethlehem’s bright star.
It pierces through the dark and shadowed night
Extending peace and hope throughout the ranks
And flooding hell with heaven’s holy light.
So when the darkness seems too strong to bear
Gaze heavenward toward power shining there.