There’s a light upon the mountains

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There’s a light upon the mountains,
  and the day is at the spring,
When our eyes shall see the beauty
  and the glory of the King;
Weary was our heart with waiting, and
  the night-watch seemed so long,
But His triumph-day is breaking, and
  we hail it with a song.
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In the fading of the starlight we can
  see the coming morn;
And the lights of men are paling in
  the splendors of the dawn;
For the eastern skies are glowing as
  with lights of hidden fire,
And the hearts of men are stirring
  with the throb of deep desire.
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There’s a hush of expectation, and
  a quiet in the air;
And the breath of God is moving in
  the fervent breath of prayer;
For the suffering, dying Jesus is the
  Christ upon the throne,
And the travail of our spirit is the
  travail of His own.
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He is breaking down the barriers,
  He is casting up the way;
He is calling for His angels to build
  up the gates of day;
But His angels here are human, not
  the shining hosts above,
For the drum-beats of His army are
  the heart-beats of our love.
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Hark! we hear a distant music, and
  it comes with fuller swell;
’Tis the triumph song of Jesus, of
  our King Emmanuel;
Zion, go ye forth to meet Him,
  and my soul, be swift to bring
All thy sweetest and thy dearest for
  the triumph of our King.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

Born in England, Henry Burton moved as a child with his family to the U.S. where he was educated at Beloit College. In 1865 he returned to England and joined the Wesleyan Methodists. He traveled as a minister with the leading circuit preachers of the time. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin

This hymn is also sung to the tune "Autumn" by Francois H. Barthelemon, which tune is also often used for "Jesus, I my cross have taken". I prefer that tune because it is simpler for me to sing.


Belinda Freeman

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

What an incredible hymn, busy studying it in unit 15 of Faith and Worship, Methodist Local Preacher. It is about understanding the present and future aspects of the kingdom of God.


Bill Kerr

Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom

This is the hymn I have picked for my funeral - but the tune will be the tune of Ode to Joy.


Lee

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

My dad was a Methodist minister. This was one of his favourite hymns which all the ministers sang at his funeral. Will never forget the sound of their voices.


Keith Bailey

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

it has been a favourite of mine since my 1940s boyhood in Rushden, Northants. The melody and words match just so joyfully! I have sung it several times as an Advent solo (here in Ottawa). This audio has a slightly different harmony from that in the 1930s' Methodist Hymn Book #256. Does anyone have info on Wostenholm and particularly his magnificent "Defiance" MHB #483 © Methodist Conference of 1912?


Peter Sincock

Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

As a methodist local preacher I was asked by a member of the congregation to preach on this hymn. It was so lovely to re-visit a hymn I hadn't sung for ages and be reminded of the great hope of the Christian faith that God is in control and that Jesus will return and establish His Kingdom of peace and joy forever.


Gertrude Warren

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

I feel the presence of the Lord with me. My son asked me to sing it for him after hearing me singing it all the time. But I could not find it in my hymnal. So I asked my friend to find it for me. My son is blessed with this hymn.


Marika

Johannesburg, South Africa

Is there any hymn more beautiful? I love it... The way it builds up to that fantastic climax - our church voices straining with the thrill and joy of it!


Andy

Welingborough, Northants, United Kingdom

This was my dad's favourite hymn and speaks to me of his pilgrim heart and my childhood--always inspired by his faith.


Julia Moore

Portslade, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Even though I've been a committed CHRISTian for over 30 years, I haven't heard of Henry Burton before. I love the words of this hymn and I will commit them to memory and possibly use them in the CHRISTian Round Robin to which I belong. Thank you.