Christ is coming

In the glow of early morning

Author: W. Macomber
Tune: MACOMBER
Published in 14 hymnals

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1 In the glow of early morning,
In the solemn hush of night,
Down from heaven’s open portals
Steals a messenger of light,
Whisp'ring sweetly to my spirit,
While the hosts of heaven sing:
This the wondrous thrilling story--
Christ is coming, Christ my King.
This the wondrous thrilling story—--
Christ is coming, Christ my King.

2 Oft methinks I hear His footsteps,
Stealing down the paths of time;
And the future, dark with shadows,
Brightens with this hope sublime.
Sound the soul inspiring anthem;
Angel hosts, your harps attune;
Earth’s long night is almost over--
Christ is coming, coming soon.
Earth’s long night is almost over--
Christ is coming, coming soon.

3 Long we’ve waited, blest Redeemer,
Waited for the first bright ray
Of the morn when sin and sorrow
At Thy presence flee away.
But our vigil’s nearly over;
Hope of heav’n, O priceless boon!
In the east the glow appearing--
Christ is coming, coming soon.
In the east the glow appearing,--
Christ is coming, coming soon.


Source: Hymns for the Living Church #186

Author: W. Macomber

Born: September 15, 1865, Bucksport, Maine. Died: October 19, 1896, Lisbon, Portugal. Often misidentified as "William," Macomber came to Christ at age 16, then worked distributing materials for the American Bible Society. In 1890, he enrolled at the New York Missionary Training Institute (later renamed Nyack College), and in 1892 went to the Congo for the International Missionary Alliance. He returned to America a year later for health reasons, and in 1894 began teaching the Congolese language at his alma mater. He compiled an English-Fioti grammar and dictionary for use by missionaries, and in 1896 returned to missionary work in the Congo. Once again, ill health forced his departure, but he never made it to America, and succumbed in Por… Go to person page >

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First Line: In the glow of early morning
Title: Christ is coming
Author: W. Macomber

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