When shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?@Luke 21:7
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George Coles (1792–1858)

F. L. Pi­per, in The Gold­en Sheaf (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1902), num­ber 156.

Duane Street George Coles, 1835 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Welcome, Thou sovereign King of grace,
We long, we long to see Thy face;
Our hearts are weary of delay,
When, when, shall come the promised day?
Come, make the cloud that bore Thee hence
Thy chariot back for our defense;
We own Thy sovereign right to reign—
Come back, come back to earth again.

Rulers and people call Thy name,
But seek instead for earthly fame,
And justice holds uneven hand—
Thy glory fills not all the land.
Thy throne, long vacant here below,
Needs Thee as do Thy children, too;
Return, Thy right and rule maintain,
Come back, come back to earth again.

Thy heralds now in every land,
Proclaim Thy kingdom near at hand;
Thy bride has long her vigil kept,
In weariness Thine absence wept;
How long, how long must she still wait,
Thy coming at the eastern gate?
She still her would-be lovers spurn,
And waits in hope for Thy return.

Delay no more, we longing cry,
Come back and let us see Thee nigh;
Come, and restore our dead who sleep,
Come dry the tears of those who weep;
Answer our prayer, Thy kingdom come,
Thy will again on earth be done
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Thy bride still gives her heart’s refrain—
Come back, come back to earth again.