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O, what a change

Soon will our Savior from heaven appear

Author: Ada R. Habershon
Tune: [Soon will our Savior from Heaven appear]
Published in 41 hymnals

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1 Soon will our Savior from heaven appear;
Sweet is the hope and its power to cheer;
All will be changed by a glimpse of His face -
This is the goal at the end of our race!

Oh, what a change, Oh, what a change,
When I shall see His wonderful face!
Oh, what a change, Oh, what a change,
When I shall see His face!

2 Loneliness changed to reunion complete,
Absence exchanged for a place at His feet,
Sleeping ones raised in a moment of time,
Living ones changed to His image sublime! [Chorus]

3 Sunrise will chase all the darkness away,
Night will be changed to the brightness of day,
Tempest will change to ineffable calm,
Weeping will change to a jubilant psalm! [Chorus]

4 Weakness will change to magnificent strength,
Failure will change to perfection at length,
Sorrow will change to unending delight,
Walking by faith change to walking by sight! [Chorus]

Source: The New Christian Hymnal #95

Author: Ada R. Habershon

Ada Ruth Habershon (1861-1918) was a Christian hymnist, probably best known for her 1907 hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England on Jan­u­a­ry 8, 1861. Her father, Dr. Samuel Osborne Ha­ber­shon, was a noted physician; her mother was Grace Habershon. She was raised in Chelsea, London, in a Christian home. In her twenties, she was a member of the circle surrounding Charles Spurgeon. She met Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in 1884 during their preaching tour of England. At their urging, she visited the United States, delivering a series of lectures on the Old Testament that were later published. Habershon's first foray into hymn writing came in 1899, when she wrote several hymns in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Soon will our Savior from heaven appear
Title: O, what a change
Author: Ada R. Habershon
Refrain First Line: O, what a change



The Cyber Hymnal #6251
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Instances (1 - 41 of 41)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Alexander's Gospel Songs #47Page Scan
Alexander's Gospel Songs No. 2 #85Page Scan
Alexander's Gospel Songs No. 8: Gospel song service #24Page Scan
Alexander's Hymns No. 2: Songs of Evangelism (Canadian Ed.) #8
Alexander's Hymns No. 4 #170Page Scan
Alexander's Male Choir #35Page Scan
Choice Hymns of the Faith #d372
Conference Hymnal #d47
Conference Hymnal #17Page Scan
Famous Gospel Hymns #100Page Scan
Famous Hymns #100Page Scan
Great Songs of the Church #284Page Scan
Hosanna in the Highest, Gypsy Smith's Campaign Song Book #d144
Hymn of the Faith #d226
Hymns and Sacred Songs #233Page Scan
Hymns We Love, for Sunday Schools and All Devotional Meetings #57Page Scan
Immanuel's Praise #d169
Rader Campaign Carols #d45
Revival Hymns: a Collection of New and Standard Hymns for Gospel and social meetings, Sunday schools and Young People's Societies #8Page Scan
Songs of Conquest, for Use in Public Worship, Prayer Services, etc. #d169
Songs of Faith and Hope #150Page Scan
Songs of Hope for the Church and Sunday School #170Page Scan
Songs of Redemption and Praise. Rev. #S4Page Scan
Songs of the Assembly: number one #110Page Scan
Tabernacle Hymns No. 2 #128Page Scan
Tabernacle Hymns No. 3 #214
The Cyber Hymnal #6251TextScoreAudio
The Greatest Hymns #d300
The Ideal Song and Hymn Book #d293
The New Christian Hymnal #95TextPage Scan
The New Church Hymnal #81
The Old Story in Song Number Two #6Page Scan
The Popular Hymnal #289Page Scan
The Sheet Music of Heaven (Spiritual Song); The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song #d208
The Sheet Music of Heaven. The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song. 2nd ed. #d208
The Tabernacle Hymns #178Page Scan
Victorious Life Hymns #70Page Scan
Wonderful Jesus and Other Songs #165
World Revival Hymns #d195
Worship and Service #38Page Scan
Worship in Song #d222
Exclude 40 pre-1979 instances
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