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An Open Bible for the World

Words by Henry M. King, 1881
Tune by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921), 1892
Key signature: B flat major (2 flats)
Time signature: 4/4
Meter: with Refrain
Public Domain
1. An open Bible for the world— May this our glorious motto be! On ev’ry breeze its flag unfurled Shall scatter blessings rich and free.
Refrain: Blest Word of God! send forth thy light O’er ev’ry land and ev’ry sea, Till all who wander in the night Are led to God and Heav’n by thee.
2. Where’er it goes its golden light, Streaming as from an unveiled sun, Shall dissipate the clouds of night, Undo the work that sin has done.
3. It shows to men the Father’s face, All radiant with forgiving love; And to the lost of Adam’s race Proclaims sweet mercy from above.
4. It tells of Jesus and His death, Of life procured for dying men; And to each soul of humble faith, It sonship gives with God again.
5. It offers rest to weary hearts, It comforts those who sit in tears; To all who faint, it strength imparts, And gilds with hope th’ eternal years.