This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the Second Edition of William Chatterton Dix’s “Altar Songs.” He gives it the heading “Foreign Missions.”
O Jesus, Bright and Morning Star,
Thou shinest o’er the sea;
The tribes and peoples from afar
Shall come to Thee.
The Holy Ghost in them shall dwell,
To guide them and to bless,
And in their secret soul, to tell
The Father shall receive the lost,
The angel-host rejoice;
The Church recount Salvation’s cost
With grateful voice.
For well She knows Her dearest Lord
For all His Life laid down,
And waits, His Hands with blessings stored,
And many a crown.
O speed the time, Redeemer blest,
When all shall seek Thy Face;
When Thou, True God, shall be confest
By every race.
And when upon Thine Altars pure,
In every heathen land,
Blest sign of love and triumph sure,
The Cross shall stand.
Then victims ne’er again shall bleed,
But Love’s own Feast be spread,
And Thine Oblation inter-cede,
Thou Living Bread.
O boundless Charity of God,
Let earth for evermore
Redemption’s wonders tell abroad,
And Heaven adore.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.