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348. Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

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1 Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand, thousand saints attending
join to sing the glad refrain:
Alleluia,
alleluia,
alleluia!
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:
Alleluia,
alleluia,
alleluia!
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!

Text Information
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.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4.4.4.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Adoration; Christ's Return and Judgment; Jesus Christ: Advent (2 more...)
Tune Information
Name: HELMSLEY
Composer: Thomas Olivers (1763)
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4.4.4.7
Key: G Major


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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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