Scripture Verse

Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet Him. Matthew 25:6

Introduction

Words: James Ste­phens,in Hymns of Con­se­cra­tion and Faith, by James Moun­tain (Lon­don: Mar­shall Bro­thers, new & en­larged edi­tion, cir­ca 1902), num­ber 418.

Music: St. Ce­cil­ia (Hayne) Leigh­ton G. Hayne, Mer­ton Tune Book 1863 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ste­phens or Hayne (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

The Bridegroom meets His bride,
Arrayed in garments white;
She waged a lifelong war,
And conquered in His might.

The banner o’er her floats,
That o’er her floated long;
The mighty conqueror,
Leads on the victor throng.

’Tis not to conflict now,
The sound of strife is o’er;
All tears are wiped away,
And sighs are heard no more.

’Tis to the banquet spread,
To join the festal throng;
Theirs is the shout of praise,
Theirs the eternal song.

The victor’s crown they wear,
Crowned is their living head:
The wealth of Heaven is theirs,
His glory on them shed.