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What a Gathering That Will be

At the sounding of the trumpet, when the saints are gathered home

Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe
Tune: [At the sounding of the trumpet] (Kurzenknabe)
Published in 142 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 At the sounding of the trumpet, when the saints are gathered home,
We will greet each other by the crystal sea;
When the Lord himself from heaven to his glory bids them come,
What gath'ring of the faithful that will be!

What a gath'ring, gath'ring,
At the sounding of the glorious jubilee!
What a gath'ring, gath'ring,
What a gath'ring of the faithful that will be!

2 When the angel of the Lord proclaims that time shall be no more,
We shall gather, and the saved and ransomed see;
Then to meet again together, on the bright, celestial shore,
What a gath'ring of the faithful that will be! [Chorus]

3 At the great and final Judgment, when the hidden comes to light,
When the Lord in all his glory we shall see;
At the bidding of our Saviour, "Come, ye blessed, to my right,"
What a gath'ring of the faithful that will be! [Chorus]

4 When the golden harps are sounding, and the angel bands proclaim
In triumphant strains the glorious jubilee;
Then to meet and join to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb,
What a gath'ring of the faithful that will be! [Chorus]

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1329

Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe

Kurzenknabe, John Henry. (Muenchhof, Kurhessen, Germany, June 18, 1840--April 13, 1927, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). German Reformed layman. His parents died of cholera when he was five, and he was placed in a boarding school. When 14, he came to the United States with his violin and his share ($500) of his parents' estate. During the 48-day voyage, he attended an elderly sick woman, a Mrs. Ziegler from Wilkes-Barre, Penn., whose family helped him settled in the States. He attended Wyoming Seminary nearby, where he studied music and perfected his English. Even before graduation, he taught violin and began teaching singing classes in the area. In 1856, William B. Bradbury came to Wilkes-Barre for a six-week musical institute. He was so impress… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: At the sounding of the trumpet, when the saints are gathered home
Title: What a Gathering That Will be
Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe
Refrain First Line: What a gathering, gathering
Copyright: Public Domain



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