Scripture Verse

The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Introduction

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Car­mi­na Sac­ra, by Lo­well Ma­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1844), page 84.

Music: Snow­field Lo­well Ma­son, Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1844) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

Thou shalt, O Lord, des­cend,
And all the king­doms bless;
Throughout the earth Thy realm ex­tend,
And judge in right­eous­ness.

The fruit­ful earth shall yield
A rich, in­creas­ing, store;
And God, who is to us re­vealed,
His choic­est gifts shall pour.

The bless­ings of His grace
He shall to us make known;
Till all the earth His laws em­brace,
And His do­min­ion own.

Let all the peo­ple raise
The loud thanks­giv­ing voice;
Let ev­ery na­tion sing Thy praise,
And ev­ery tongue re­joice.