Sweet promise, I will come again

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1 Sweet promise, "I will come again;
Go preach this gospel to all men;"
"Come quickly, Lord," my soul doth say,
"And bring that happy day."

Happy day, O happy day!
Happy, O happy day!
Come quickly Lord, no more delay;
Come quickly, happy day.

2 The righteous dead shall then arise,
With living saints ascend the skies;
And Satan in this vale of tears
Be bound a thousand years. [Chorus]

3 The city bright shall then appear,
The wicked then be raised to hear
The Judge's awful sentence dire,
And earth shall melt with fire. [Chorus]

4 Then shall it blossom as of old,
In beauty glorious to behold;
And sin and death be found no more
On that immortal shore. [Chorus]

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1331

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet promise, I will come again
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Happy day, O happy day
Copyright: Public Domain


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