Scripture Verse

Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30


Sabine Baring-Gould
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Sa­bi­ne Bar­ing-Gould, in the Church Times, 1866.

Music: Groom­bridge W. J. Whit­whell, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 592 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus,
Bright and royal Tree!
Standard of the Monarch, planted
First on Calvary!


Hail the Sign all signs excelling,
Hail the Sign all ills dispelling,
Hail the Sign hell’s power quelling,
Cross of Christ, all hail!

Sign the martyrs’ strength and refuge,
Sign to saints so dear!
Sign of evil men abhorrèd,
Sign which devils fear:


Sign which, when the Lord returneth,
In the heavens shall be;
Sinners quail, while saints with rapture
Shall the vision see:


Lo, I sign the cross of Jesus
Meekly on my breast;
May it guard my heart when living,
Dying be its rest:


In the name of God the Father,
Name of God the Son,
Name of God the blessèd Spirit,
Ever Three in One: