Scripture Verse

The Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Introduction

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Thomas Kelly
1769–1855

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns on Va­ri­ous Pass­ag­es of Scrip­tures, third edi­tion, 1809.

Music: Ir­by Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry J. Gauntlett
1805–1876
National Portrait Gallery

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Lyrics

Welcome sight! the Lord des­cend­ing!
Jesus in the clouds ap­pears;
Lo! the Sav­ior comes, in­tend­ing
Now to dry His peo­ple’s tears.
Lo! the Sav­ior comes to reign:
Welcome to His wait­ing train.

Long they mourned their ab­sent mas­ter;
Long they felt like men for­lorn;
Bid the sea­sons fly still fast­er,
While they sighed for His re­turn:
Lo! the pe­ri­od comes at last;
All their sor­rows now are past.

Now from home no longer ban­ished,
They are go­ing to their rest;
Though the heav­ens and earth have van­ished,
With their Lord they shall be blest:
Blest with Him His saints shall be;
Blest through­out eter­ni­ty!

Happy peo­ple! grace un­bound­ed,
Grace alone, ex­alts you thus:
Be ashamed, and be con­found­ed;
Sing for ev­er—Not to us,
Not to us be glo­ry giv­en—
Glory to the God of Hea­ven!