He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came before

He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came before

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
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1 He is coming, he is coming,
Not as once he came before,
Wailing infant, born in weakness,
On a lowly stable floor;
But upon his cloud of glory,
In the crimson tinted sky,
Where we see the golden sunrise
In the rosy distance lie.

Then we'll shout the victory,
Yes, we'll shout the victory,
By and by, when he comes,
Then we'll shout the victory,
Then we'll shout the victory,
Yes, we'll shout the victory when he comes!

2 He is coming, he is coming,
Not in pain, and shame, and woe,
With the thorn crown on his forehead,
And the blood drops trickling slow;
But with diadem upon him,
And the sceptre in his hand,
And the dead all ranged before him,
Rais'd from death, in sea, and land. [Chorus]

3 He is coming, he is coming;
Let his lowly first estate,
And his tender love, so teach us
That in faith and hope we wait,
Till in glory eastward burning,
Our redemption draweth near;
And we see the sign in heaven
Of our Judge and Saviour dear. [Chorus]

Source: The Golden Sheaf: a collection of choice hymns and songs especially designed for Sunday schools, loyal worker's meetings, prayer and social services (Enl. ed.) #183

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >


He is coming, He is coming, Not as once, &c. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Advent.] First published in her Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858, No. v., in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It has passed into several collections in Great Britain and America, and is increasing in popularity.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)