1 Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand, thousand saints attending
join to sing the glad refrain:
Christ the Lord returns to reign.
2 Now redemption, long expected,
comes in solemn splendor near;
all the saints this world rejected
thrill the trumpet sound to hear:
See the day of God appear!
3 Yea, amen, let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory;
claim the kingdom as thine own.
Come, Lord Jesus;
come, Lord Jesus;
come, Lord Jesus.
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone!
|First Line:||Lo, he comes with clouds descending|
|Title:||Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending|
|Author (stanzas 1, 3):||Charles Wesley (1758, alt.)|
|Author (stanza 2):||John Cennick (1752, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 12:10; Zechariah 14:9; Matthew 16:27-28; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 13:26-27; Mark 14:62; Luke 21:27-28; Luke 21:31; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7-8|
|Topic:||Adoration; Christ's Return and Judgment; Jesus Christ: Advent2 more...|
|Composer:||Thomas Olivers (1763)|
|Harmonizer:||Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
Despite unclear musical origins, the result here is a characteristic early Methodist hymn tune, notable for its breadth and range. It effectively sets a text of similarly mixed sources, one that Charles Wesley regarded as related to “Thy kingdom come” in the Lord’s Prayer.
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