Till he come, O let the wordsAuthor: Edward Henry Bickersteth (1862)
Published in 203 hymnals
1 "Till he come!" O let the words
Linger on the trembling chords;
Let the little while between
In their golden light be seen;
Let us think how heav'n and home
Lie beyond that "Till he come."
2 When the weary ones we love
Enter on their rest above,
Seems the earth so poor and vast,
All our life joy overcast?
Hush, be ev'ry murmur dumb:
It is only till he come.
3 Clouds and conflicts round us press:
Would we have one sorrow less?
All the sharpness of the cross,
All that tells the world is loss,
Death and darkness, and the tomb,
Only whisper "Till he come."
4 See, the feast of love is spread,
Drink the wine, and break the bread:
Sweet memorials, till the Lord
Call us round his heav'nly board;
Some from earth, from glory some,
Severed only till he come.
Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #426
Till he come, O let the words. Bishop Bickersteth. [Holy Communion.] Written in 1861 and first published in his work The Blessed Dead, 1862, and subsequently in his Supplement to Psalms and Hymns, No. 41; The Two Brothers, 1871; and the 1870, 1876, and 1890 editions of the Hymnal Companion. The author says that it is given in his Hymnal Companion as presenting "one aspect of the Lord's Supper which is passed over in many hymnals, 'Ye do show forth the Lord's death till He come'; and also our communion with those of whom we say “We bless Thy holy Name for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear.'" It is in several hymn-books.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #426||"Till he come"! O let the words||"Till He Come"!||Edward H. Bickersteth||Richard Redhead||188.8.131.52.7.7||1 Corinthians 11:23-26||REDHEAD 76||E Flat Major||English||1990|