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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from "Twelve hymns and a favourite lyric poem written by Doctor Watts; set to music for four, and five voices, with organ accompaniments.... " Printed for the author, and sold at his house in Bond Street, Bath, 1781. The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: William Williams

O'er those gloomy hills of darkness,
Look, my soul; be still, and gaze;
All the promises do travel
On a glorious day of grace:
Blessed jub'lee let thy glorious morning dawn.

Let the Indian, let the Negro,
Let the rude barbarian see
That divine and glorious conquest
Once obtained on Calvary;
Let the Gospel loud resound from pole to pole.

Kingdoms wide that sit in darkness,
Let them have the glorious light;
And from eastern coast to western
May the morning chase the night,
And redemption, freely purchased, win the day.

May the glorious day approaching
From eternal darkness dawn
And the everlasting gospel
Spread abroad thy holy name,
All the borders of the great Immanuel's land.

Fly abroad, thou mighty Gospel,
Win and conquer, never cease;
May thy lasting wide dominions
Multiply and still increase;
May thy sceptre sway th'enlightened world around.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : O'er those gloomy hills of darkness : illustration


O'er those gloomy hills of darkness

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