Back in my Sunday School days It was a common complaint in our house around Christmas time that the then Pastor of our church always seemed reluctant to choose the more obvious “Christmassy” carols, instead opting for hymns like this rather ominously-titled one.
However given the economic developments of this year and their impact on the most vulnerable I really feel the depth of that opening line, and the longing for the relief of that “better Sun.”
The race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious Light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In death’s surrounding night.
To hail Thy rise, Thou better Sun,
The gathering nations come,
Joyous as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.
For Thou our burden hast removed,
And quelled the oppressor’s sway,
Quick as the slaughtered squadrons fell
In Midian’s evil day.
To us a Child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him all the hosts of heaven.
His Name shall be the Prince of Peace,
The Wonderful, the Counselor,
The great and mighty Lord.
His power increasing still shall spread,
His reign no end shall know:
Justice shall guard His throne above,
And peace abound below.