Scripture Verse

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.@Psalm 45:15
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Richard Slater
(1854–1939)

Words & Music: Ri­chard Slat­er, July 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc). Slat­er wrote this song for the Sal­va­tion Ar­my’s an­ni­ver­sa­ry meet­ings that year in Al­ex­an­dra Pal­ace, Lon­don. It ap­peared in the Mu­sic­al Sal­va­tion­ist in Au­gust 1887.

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There is coming on a great day of rejoicing,
When all the ransomed shall gather,
Their Lord as king to crown;
All earth’s sorrow and its sin then disappearing,
Every heart will the Savior then own.

Refrain

O the crowning day is coming,
Hallelujah!
O the crowning day is coming,
Praise the Lord!
For our Savior-King shall reign,
He shall have His own again,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

From far distant lands battalions now are marching,
Who will have part in the honors
Which Jesus will bestow;
God be praised for all the souls that now are starting,
Swelling the hosts that to victory go.

Refrain

Do you, comrades, feel at times a bit downhearted,
When in the fight all looks dark,
And the foe seems fierce and strong?
At such times I find my fear has all departed
When I remember that day coming on.

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