Scripture Verse

Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints. Jude 14


Lowell Mason

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 80. Christ’s Se­cond Com­ing.

Music: Schu­mann Can­ti­ca Laud­is, by Lo­well Ma­son & George J. Webb (New York: Ma­son & Law, 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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

The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)


See your exalted Lord,
Once numbered with the dead;
A scepter now adorns His hand,
A royal crown His head.

To Him the heav’nly hosts
Their humble tribute bring,
And with ten thousand thousand tongues,
His endless glories sing.

Lo, He again descends,
In awful majesty;
Angels and saints, a splendid train,
Attend Him from the sky.

The world He comes to judge,
In truth and righteousness;
Ye sinners, tremble at His wrath,
Ye saints, adore His grace.