When God descends, with men to dwell

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1. When God descends with men to dwell,
And all creation wakes anew,
What tongue can half the wonders tell?
What eye the dazzling glory view?
What eye the dazzling glory view?

2. Celestial streams shall gently flow,
The wilderness shall joyful be,
Lilies on parched grounds shall grow,
And gladness spring on every tree;
And gladness spring on every tree;

3. The high and low shall meet in love,
All pride shall die, and meekness reign,
When Christ descends from worlds above
To dwell with men on earth again.
To dwell with men on earth again.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #924

Author: Hosea Ballou

Ballou, Hosea, a celebrated leader of the sect of Universalists, was born at Richmond, New Hampshire, April 30, 1771. He was entirely self-educated, and began to preach when about 21. In 1807 he settled at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, passing to Salem, Mass., in 1815, and to Boston in 1817. He died in 1852. To the Universalist Hymns composed by different Authors, published in 1808, he contributed 199 hymns. A few of these are still used by the Universalists, but one only, and that probably his best, has passed beyond their ranks. It is:— When God descends with men to dwell. The Second Advent. Ballou also edited with Turner a second collection in 1821, and a third in his own name, 1837. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictiona… Go to person page >

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First Line: When God descends, with men to dwell
Author: Hosea Ballou
Copyright: Public Domain

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To the Universalist Hymns composed by different Authors, published in 1808, [Ballou] contributed 199 hymns. A few of these are still used by the Universalists, but one only, and that probably his best, has passed beyond their ranks. It is:—
When God descends with men to dwell. The Second Advent. Ballou also edited with Turner a second collection in 1821, and a third in his own name, 1837. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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