Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

from by Bruce Benedict

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In 1750 John Cennick, a friend of John and Charles Wesley, wrote an Advent hymn that began, "Lo! he cometh, countless trumpets blow before his bloody sign!" Cennick's hymn was published in his Collection (1752). Charles Wesley completely rewrote the text and published his version in Hymns of Intercession for all Mankind (1758) with the title "Thy Kingdom Come" (changed to "The Second Advent" in other editions).

lyrics

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners, slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of his train:

Refrain
Alleluia, Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.

Now, redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All his saints by man rejected,
Now shall meet him without fear:

Refrain
Alleluia, Alleluia!
See the day of God appear!

Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for thine own;

Refrain
O come quickly! O come quickly!
Alleluia, come, Lord, come!

Alleluia, Alleluia!
See the day of God appear!

Alleluia, Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.

credits

from The Mystery of Godliness, released December 5, 2012
Words: Charles Wesley, adaptation from John Cennick, 1752
Music: (c) Bruce Benedict, 2008
(based on portions of ‘Assurance’ by Phoebe Knapp, 1873)

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