Scripture Verse

All the tribes of the earth [shall] mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 794, alt. Wrath and Mer­cy.

Music: Lam­beth (Schult­hes) Wil­helm A. F. Schul­thes, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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

Wilhelm A. F. Schulthes


On spreading clouds, the Judge supreme
Comes flying all abroad;
Mountains and rocks and seas proclaim
The presence of their God.

Ten thousand spirits near His throne,
In humble forms adore;
While nations sink beneath His frown,
Or tremble at His power.

Now He appears in majesty,
And draws His flaming sword;
See guilty hearts in terror fly
Before their sovereign Lord.

Rejoice, ye saints, this mighty One
Is your unfailing friend;
That arm which casts the rebel down,
The righteous shall defend.