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O Hasten Thine Appearing

O dear and longed for Savior

Author: James M. Gray
Tune: [O dear and longed-for Savior]
Published in 4 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O dear and longed-for Savior,
When wilt Thou come again?
The promise of Thy coming
Awakes one loud "Amen!"
Our hearts so long have waited,
Our eyes so long have strained!
Why tarry so, O chariot,
Why are thy wheels restrained?

Return, Lord Jesus,
Thy chariot wheels run slow!
O hasten Thine appearing,
Thy glory, Thy glory, glory show!

2 Ten thousand hearts are waiting,
Ten thousand faces turn
Up toward the clouds of glory,
Thy movements to discern.
We hearken for the trumpet,
The great archangel’s voice;
Break forth, O grand hosannas!
Let Heav’n and earth rejoice! [Refrain]

3 Is yon unearthly glory,
That steals across the sky,
The marshalling of Thy myriads,
That tells us Thou art nigh?
Our hearts beat high, Lord Jesus,
And our glad spirits rise;
Divide, ye starry heavens,
Reveal Him to our eyes! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8277

Author: James M. Gray

Born: May 11, 1851, New York City. Died: September 21, 1935, Passavant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City. Gray accepted Christ at age 22. He was educated at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (Doctor of Divinity), and the University of Des Moines, Iowa (Doctor of Laws). In 1879 he became Rector of the First Reformed Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served 14 years. He then became dean (1904-25) and president (1925-34) of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, and directed publication of four editions (1921-28) of the Voice of Thanksgiving, official hymnal of the Institute. A conservative theologian, Gray was one of seven editors of the popular Scofield Reference Bible. He was… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O dear and longed for Savior
Title: O Hasten Thine Appearing
Author: James M. Gray
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Return, Lord Jesus, Thy chariot wheels run slow!
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #8277
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The Cyber Hymnal #8277

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