Scripture Verse

The Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas O. Blair, in Fair as the Morn­ing, ed­it­ed by John H. Kurz­en­kna­be & W. War­ren Bent­ley (Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia: J. H. Kurz­en­kna­be & Sons, 1891), num­ber 127.

Music: Is­aac N. Mc­Hose (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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

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Isaac N. McHose
1822–1912

Lyrics

Lo! He com­eth in the clouds of hea­ven,
Angel hosts at­tend the King of kings;
Rocks are rent and graves asun­der riv­en,
Saints arise, and joy His com­ing brings.

Refrain

Praise Him, praise Him, all ye na­tions, praise Him;
Praise Him, crown Him, crown the King of kings.
Praise Him, praise Him, all ye na­tions, praise Him;
Praise Him, crown Him, crown the King of kings.

Earthly con­quer­ors, howe’er vic­to­r­ious,
Conquered now by Him who rules alone,
Yield their crowns to One more great and glo­ri­ous,
For the thrones and king­doms are His own.

Refrain

See the ci­ty of our God des­cend­ing;
Hark! the voic­es of the heav’n­ly throngs;
Sin and death and hell no more con­tend­ing,
Peace to Zi­on ev­er­more be­longs.

Refrain