1 Jesus came, the heav'ns adoring,
Came with peace from realms on high;
Jesus came to win redemption,
Lowly came on earth to die;
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, heart-felt prayer;
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.
Hope to all the world is giv'n.
4 Jesus comes in joy and sorrow,
Shares alike our hopes and fears;
Jesus comes, whate'er befalls us,
Cheers our hearts and dries our tears;
Comforts us in failing years.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #353
|First Line:||Jesus came, the heavens adoring|
|Title:||Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring|
|Author:||Godfrey Thring (1864)|
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)