There's a light upon the mountains

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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!


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.