Scripture Verse

Why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven. Acts 1:11

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt (1851–1920)

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Joy­ful Praise, ed­it­ed by Charles H. Ga­bri­el (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jen­nings & Pye, 1902), num­ber 14.

Music: Will­iam A. Post (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Why stand ye idly gazing
T’ward Hea­ven’s blessèd height?
This same Je­sus is coming back again;
The shining angels told it,
Arrayed in spotless white;
This same Je­sus is coming back again.

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This same Je­sus, this same Je­sus;
Oh, tell the joyful tidings
To all the sons of men!
Oh, let us work and pray,
Rejoicing every day;
This same Je­sus is coming back again.

Receiving His good Spi­rit,
We’ll know His presence near;
This same Je­sus is coming back again;
He fills us with His blessing,
He gives us love and cheer;
This same Je­sus is coming back again.

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Our lowly talents doubling,
More faithful may we be;
This same Je­sus is coming back again;
And spread abroad His Gos­pel
With happy hearts and free;
This same Je­sus is coming back again.

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In every time of trial
We’ll trust His changeless love;
This same Je­sus is coming back again;
The mighty King of glo­ry
Still reigns for us above;
This same Je­sus is coming back again.

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