The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.@1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

John H. Kurzenknabe, Song Treasury (York, Pennsylvania: Crider & Brother, 1879) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John H. Kurzenknabe (1840-1927)

At the sounding of the trumpet,
When the saints are gathered home,
We will greet each other by the crystal sea,
With the friends and all the loved ones
There awaiting us to come,
What a gath’ring of the faithful that will be!

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What a gath’ring, gath’ring,
At the sounding of the glorious jubilee!
What a gath’ring, gath’ring,
What a gath’ring of the faithful that will be!

When the angel of the Lord proclaims
That time shall be no more,
We shall gather, and the saved and ransomed see;
Then to meet again together,
On the bright celestial shore,
What a gath’ring of the faithful that will be!

Refrain

At the great and final judgment,
When the hidden comes to light,
When the Lord in all His glory we shall see;
At the bidding of our Savior,
Come, ye blessèd, to My right,
What a gath’ring of the faithful that will be!

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