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
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Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)

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

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

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Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)
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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!