He Comes, Thy God

He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: LAMBETH (Schulthes)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Representative Text

1 He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes;
Prepare thy God to meet:
Meet Him in battle’s force arrayed,
Or humbled at His feet.

2 He formed the mountains by His strength;
He makes the winds to blow;
And all the secret thoughts of man
Must his Creator know.

3 He shades the morning’s opening rays;
He shakes the solid world;
And stars and angels from their seats
Are by His thunder hurled.

4 Eternal Sovereign of the skies,
And shall thine Israel dare
In mad rebellion to arise,
And tempt th’unequal war?

5 Lo, nations tremble at Thy frown,
And faint beneath Thy rod;
Crushed by its gentlest movement down,
They fall, tremendous God.

6 Avert the terrors of Thy wrath,
And let Thy mercy shine;
While humble penitence and prayer
Approve us truly Thine.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12590

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes
Title: He Comes, Thy God
Author: Philip Doddridge
Source: Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


LAMBETH (Schulthes)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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