Scripture Verse

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel, travelling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Isaiah 63:1

Introduction

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John H. Tenney
(1840–1918)

Words: F. E. Pet­tin­gell, in Sow­ing and Reap­ing (Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia: J. H. Kurz­en­kna­be & Sons, 1889), num­ber 150.

Music: Bo­go­tá John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Valdez, Ira D. San­key, Gos­pel Hymns No. 4 (New York and Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Big­low & Main and John Church: 1881), num­ber 58 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know Pet­tin­gell’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Who is this that cometh in the starlit glow,
As a newborn infant, to the manger low;
While the shepherds wonder at the wondrous sight,
While the angel chorus wakes the silent night?

Refrain

’Tis the Meek and Lowly, Just and Holy One;
This is He that cometh—God’s belovèd Son:
’Tis the Meek and Lowly, Just and Holy One;
This is He that cometh—God’s belovèd Son.

Who is this that cometh, this poor Nazarene,
With His timely counsel, with His faultless mien;
With His help and healing for the lame, the blind,
For the poor, the needy, for the burdened mind?

Refrain

Who is this that cometh, spurning earthly gain,
To the midnight garden, to the cross of pain;
Cometh forth triumphant, from the sealèd grave,
Cometh in His beauty, in His might to save?

Refrain