Scripture Verse

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


Lowell Mason (1792–1872)

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.