Scripture Verse

The great day of the Lord is near. Zephaniah 1:14


Words: Kate Ul­mer, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 1 (New York: Tul­lar-Me­re­dith, 1903), num­ber 101.

Music: Will­iam A. Post (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Sweet is the message
Of full and free sal­va­tion,
Ringing across earth’s long and weary night;
Bringing glad hope of a new and bright creation,
Where power of sin no more can mar or blight.


Message of joy, speed, O,
Sspeed with light and gladness,
To all believers bear the tidings great.
Bidding them banish
With praise all their sadness
And with rejoicing that great day await.

Jesus is coming,
O tell the blessèd story,
Coming re­demp­tion fully to complete;
Then we shall view all the fullness of His glo­ry,
O, let us fall adoring at His feet.


When He shall come
In His mighty power all glo­ri­ous,
He will His joy with all the faithful share;
For He has promised that those thro’ life vic­to­ri­ous,
With Him shall reign and crowns unfading wear.


With this bright hope
Shall our lips be mute to praises?
Or shall we stoop to joys the world may bring?
Nay! while the eye of our faith still upward gazes,
Let us be rea­dy to receive our king.