He which testifieth these things saith, Revelation 22:20
Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Words: Cecil F. Alexander, in Hymns, by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1852, number 2. The original had four stanzas. It was
altered in Kennedy, 1863, to (Julian, page 1595).
From heaven when Christ came down of old, and in the Westminster Abbey H. Book, 1883, to
When Christ from heaven came down of old. In Lyra Anglicana, 1862, Mrs. Alexander expanded the original to eight stanzas as
When Jesus came to earth of old. This is in Thring’s Coll., 1882. From it,
O Son of God, in glory crowned, in the Ibrox Hymnal, 1871, is taken.
Music: Vespers (Hart) W. H. Hart, in The Church Porch, edited by William R. Huntington (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1874), number 27 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know Hart’s full name, or where to get a good picture of him (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
When Jesus came to earth of old,
He came in weakness and woe;
He wore no form of angel mold,
But took our nature poor and low.
But when He cometh back once more,
There shall be set the great white throne,
And earth and Heav’n shall flee before
The face of Him that sits thereon.
O Son of God, in glory crowned,
The Judge ordained of quick and dead;
O Son of Man, so pitying found,
For all the tears Thy people shed,
Be with us in this darkened place,
This weary, restless dangerous night;
And teach, O teach us by Thy grace,
To struggle onward into light.
And since, in God’s recording book,
Our sins are written, every one,
The crime, the wrath, the wandering look,
The good we knew, and left undone.
Lord, ere the last dread trump be heard,
And ere before Thy face we stand,
Look Thou on each accusing word,
And blot it with Thy bleeding hand.
And by the love that brought Thee here,
And by the cross, and by the grave,
Give perfect love for conscious fear,
And in the day of judgment save.
And lead us on while here we stray,
And make us love our heav’nly home,
Till from our hearts we love to say,
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.