The Race that Long in Darkness pined

The Christmas Carol 'The Race that Long in Darkness pined' originated as a Scottish Salter. The term salter originates from Protestant religious music being composed for the singing of the Psalms. The first printed version of the Scottish Salter can be traced back to 1615. The words were written by John Morrison (1746-1798) who was born in Aberdeen in Scotland on September 18th 1746. He graduated from Kingís College, Aberdeen and studied , before several teaching jobs in Caithness. He then studied Greek at Edinburgh before becoming ordained in 1780.


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The Race that Long in Darkness pined
Christmas Carol Lyrics

The race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious Light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In deathís surrounding night.

To hail Thy rise, Thou better Sun,
The gathering nations come,
Joyous as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.

For Thou our burden hast removed,
And quelled the oppressorís sway,
Quick as the slaughtered squadrons fell
In Midianís evil day.

To us a Child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him all the hosts of heaven.

His Name shall be the Prince of Peace,
Forevermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counselor,
The great and mighty Lord.

His power increasing still shall spread,
His reign no end shall know:
Justice shall guard His throne above,
And peace abound below.

The Race that Long in Darkness pined
Christmas Carol Lyrics

The Race that Long in Darkness pined

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