Scripture Verse

I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever. Revelation 1:18


Samuel S. Wesley

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 78. Christ’s Se­cond Com­ing.

Music: Cam­bridge (Har­ris­on) Ralph Har­ris­on, 1784. Ar­ranged by Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Exalt the eternal Son,
Ye saints who know His name,
The wise, the just, the holy One,
Unchangeably the same.

He lives, He ever lives,
To plead for us above;
His care preserves, His power protects,
The objects of His love.

And soon will He descend,
From His celestial throne,
The world to judge in righteousness,
And make His vengeance known.

Then you shall see His face,
Not clouded as before,
But all unveiled, serenely bright,
And wonder and adore.