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He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came before

He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came before

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Published in 41 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 He is coming, he is coming,
Not as once he came before,
Wailing infant, born in weakness,
On a lowly stable floor;
But upon his cloud of glory,
In the crimson tinted sky,
Where we see the golden sunrise
In the rosy distance lie.

Then we'll shout the victory,
Yes, we'll shout the victory,
By and by, when he comes,
Then we'll shout the victory,
Then we'll shout the victory,
Yes, we'll shout the victory when he comes!

2 He is coming, he is coming,
Not in pain, and shame, and woe,
With the thorn crown on his forehead,
And the blood drops trickling slow;
But with diadem upon him,
And the sceptre in his hand,
And the dead all ranged before him,
Rais'd from death, in sea, and land. [Chorus]

3 He is coming, he is coming;
Let his lowly first estate,
And his tender love, so teach us
That in faith and hope we wait,
Till in glory eastward burning,
Our redemption draweth near;
And we see the sign in heaven
Of our Judge and Saviour dear. [Chorus]

Source: The Golden Sheaf: a collection of choice hymns and songs especially designed for Sunday schools, loyal worker's meetings, prayer and social services (Enl. ed.) #183

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandment… Go to person page >

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First Line: He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came before
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Copyright: Public Domain


He is coming, He is coming, Not as once, &c. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Advent.] First published in her Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858, No. v., in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It has passed into several collections in Great Britain and America, and is increasing in popularity.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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The Cyber Hymnal #2431

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