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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Thomas Hastings. 1784–1872
 
5. The Latter Day
 
HAIL to the brightness of Zion's glad morning; 
  Joy to the lands that in darkness have lain; 
Hushed be the accents of sorrow and mourning; 
  Zion in triumph begins her mild reign! 
  
Hail to the brightness of Zion's glad morning,         5
  Long by the prophets of Israel foretold; 
Hail to the millions from bondage returning; 
  Gentiles and Jews the blest vision behold! 
  
Lo, in the desert rich flowers are springing; 
  Streams ever copious are gliding along;  10
Loud from the mountain-tops echoes are ringing; 
  Wastes rise in verdure, and mingle in song. 
  
See, from all lands, from the isles of the ocean, 
  Praise to Jehovah ascending on high; 
Fallen are the engines of war and commotion;  15
  Shouts of salvation are rending the sky! 
 
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