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477. Hasten the time appointed

7.6.7.6.D

Lancashire:

Henry Smart, 1836

Jane Borthwick, 1859

Hasten the time appointed,

By prophets long foretold,

When all shall dwell together,

One Shepherd and one fold.

Let every idol perish,

To moles and bats be thrown,

And every prayer be offered

To God in Christ alone.

Let Jew and Gentile, meeting

From many a distant shore

Around one altar kneeling,

One common Lord adore.

Let all that now divides us

Remove and pass away,

Like shadows of the morning

Before the blaze of day.

Let all that now unites us

More sweet and lasting prove,

A closer bond of union,

In a blest land of love.

Let war be learned no longer,

Let strife and tumult cease,

All earth his blessed kingdom,

The Lord and Prince of Peace.

O long-expected dawning,

Come with thy cheering ray!

When shall the morning brighten,

The shadows flee away?

O sweet anticipation!

It cheers the watchers on

To pray, and hope, and labour,

Till the dark night be gone.

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