I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever. Revelation 1:18
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 78.
Christ’s Second Coming.
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.