Scripture Verse

We which are alive and remain shall be caught up…in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Introduction

Words: Will­iam Reed, 1863. Pub­lished in Our Own Hymn-Book, by Charles H. Spur­geon, 1868, num­ber 342.

Music: Bene­dic­tion (Mann) Ar­thur H. Mann, 1879 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Arthur H. Mann
1850–1929

Lyrics

’Mid the splendors of the glo­ry,
Which we hope ere long to share;
Christ our head, and we His members,
Shall appear divinely fair.
Oh, how wondrous!
When we meet Him in the air!

From the dateless, timeless pe­ri­ods,
He has loved us without cause;
And for all His blood-bought myriads,
His is love that knows no pause.
Matchless Lover!
Changeless as the eter­nal laws!

Oh what gifts shall yet be granted,
Palms, and crowns, and robes of white,
When the hope for which we panted,
Bursts upon our gladdened sight,
And our Sav­ior
Makes us glo­ri­ous through His might.

Bright the prospect soon that greets us
Of that longed-for nuptial day,
When our heavenly Bridegroom meets us
On His kingly, conquering way;
In the glo­ry,
Bride and Bridegroom reign for aye!