LO! He comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! God appears on earth to reign.
2 Every eye shall now behold Him,
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced, and nailed Him to the Tree,
Deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see.
3 Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heaven and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day;
Come to judgment! Come to judgment,
4 Now Redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear!
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Alleluia! See the day of God appear!
5 Answer Thine own Bride and Spirit;
Hasten, Lord, the general doom;
The new heaven and earth to inherit
Take Thy pining exiles home :
All creation Travails, groans,
and bids Thee come.
6 Yea, Amen ! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne :
Saviour, take the power and glory;
Claim the kingdom for Thine own :
O come quickly; Alleluia!
come, Lord, come.
Parts of three separate hymns are woven together in this. In 1760 the Rev. Mr. Madan was making a hymn-book for the Church of England, and wished a hymn upon the second coming of Christ. He took these 1st, 2d, and 6th verses from one, and the 5th verse from another hymn of Charles Wesley (see under No. 3), and the 3d and 4th from a hymn by John Cennick (see under No. 29) and then made several changes in them before his hymn suited him. It seems like a strange way of making a hymn; but the hymn is among the best we have on the subject.
[NOTES.—Verse 1, line r. See Revelation i, 7.
Verse 5, line I. Bride and Spirit. See Revelation xxii, 17.
Verse 6, line 5. O come quickly. See Revelation xxii, 20.]