The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee
Title: “The Morning Breaks; the Shadows Flee”
Publication date: 1864Publisher: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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1st app: Justice League of America (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1965)]
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This hymn was reprinted from: Millennial Star (vol. 1) #1 (May 1840): "The Morning Breaks; the Shadows Flee".
"The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee" is a poem written by Parley P. Pratt in 1840, which was printed as a hymn that same year, but without musical notation. George Careless composed the musical notation for this hymn in 1864, at the request of the captain of the sailing ship taking him from England to the United States.
Notes from original source:
The poem "The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee" was first published on the outside cover of the inaugural issue of the Millennial Star, a periodical of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published in England. This poem was later used as the lyrics for the hymn "The Morning Breaks; the Shadows Flee," which was the first hymn in the 1840 Manchester Hymnal.
Below is the complete text of this poem:
The morning breaks; the shadows flee;
Lo, Zion's standard is unfurled!
The dawning of a brighter day,
The dawning of a brighter day
Majestic rises on the world.
The clouds of error disappear
Before the rays of truth divine;
The glory bursting from afar,
The glory bursting from afar
Wide o'er the nations soon will shine.
The Gentile fulness now comes in,
And Israel's blessings are at hand.
Lo, Judah's remnant, cleansed from sin,
Lo, Judah's remnant, cleansed from sin
Shall in their promised Canaan stand.
Jehovah speaks! let earth give ear,
And Gentile nations turn and live.
His mighty arm is making bare,
His mighty arm is making bare
His covenant people to receive.
Angels from heaven and truth from earth
Have met, and both have record borne;
Thus Zion's light is bursting forth,
Thus Zion's light is bursting forth
To bring her ransomed children home.
Depending on one's interpretation, "Jehovah" mentioned in the poem refers either to God, Jesus Christ, or both.