Words: From The Clus­ter of Spir­it­u­al Songs, by Jesse Mer­cer (1769-1841).

Music: Zi­on’s Light, at­trib­ut­ed to Ni­chol­son, 1820; ap­peared in A Com­pil­a­tion of Gen­u­ine Church Mu­sic, fourth edi­tion, by , 1847. Al­ter­nate tunes:

That glorious day is drawing nigh,
When Zion’s light shall come;
She shall arise and shine on high,
Bright as the morning sun;
The north and south their sons resign,
And earth’s foundations bend;
Clothed as a bride, Jerusalem
All glorious shall descend.

The King Who wears the splendid crown,
The azure’s flaming bow;
The holy city shall bring down,
To bless His church below;
When Zion’s bleeding, conqu’ring King,
Shall sin and death destroy,
The morning stars shall join to sing,
And Zion shout for joy.