Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring

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1 Jesus came, the heav'ns adoring,
came with peace from realms on high;
Jesus came for our redemption,
humbly came on earth to die;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
came in deep humility.

2 Jesus comes again in mercy
when our hearts are worn with care;
Jesus comes again in answer
to an earnest, heartfelt prayer,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
comes to save us from despair.

3 Jesus comes to hearts rejoicing,
bringing news of sins forgiv'n;
Jesus comes with words of gladness,
leading souls redeemed to heav'n.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hope to all the world is giv'n.

4 Jesus comes on clouds triumphant
when the heav'ns shall pass away.
Jesus comes again in glory;
let us, then, our homage pay,
Alleluia! ever singing
till the dawn of endless day.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #319

Author: Godfrey Thring

Godfrey Thring (b. Alford, Somersetshire, England, 1823; d. Shamley Green, Guilford, Surrey, England, 1903) was born in the parsonage of Alford, where his father was rector. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, England, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1847. After serving in several other parishes, Thring re­turned to Alford and Hornblotten in 1858 to succeed his father as rector, a position he retained until his own retirement in 1893. He was also associated with Wells Cathedral (1867-1893). After 1861 Thring wrote many hymns and published several hymnals, including Hymns Congregational (1866), Hymns and Sacred Lyrics (1874), and the respect­ed A Church of England Hymn Book Adapted to the Daily Services of the Church… Go to person page >


Jesus came; the heavens adoring. G. Thring. [ Second Advent.] Published in Chope's Hymnal, 1864, No. 155, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and in the author's Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866, p. 9; his Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874, p. 28; and his Collection, 1882. It has passed into numerous hymn-books in Great Britain and America, and is one of the most widely used of Prebendary Thring's compositions. In the American Baptist Praise Book, 1871, it is given in an abridged form, beginning with stanza iii., "Jesus comes to souls rejoicing." The text is slightly modified throughout.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




John Goss (PHH 164) composed LAUDA ANIMA (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868. Along with his original harmonizations, intended to interpret the different stanzas, the tune was also included in the appendix to Robert Brown¬ Borthwick's Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book (18…

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Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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