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The angel comes, he comes to reap

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1 The angel comes, he comes to reap
The harvest of the Lord!
O'er all the earth, with fatal sweep,
Wide waves his flaming sword.

2 And who are they, in sheaves to bide
The fire of vengeance bound?
The tares, whose rank luxuriant pride
Choked the fair crop around.

3 And who are they, reserved in store
God's treasure-house to fill?
The wheat, a hundred fold that bore
Amid surrounding ill.

4 O King of mercy! grant us power
Thy fiery wrath to flee!
In Thy destroying angel's hour,
O gather us to Thee!

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #567

Author: Henry Hart Milman

Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >

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First Line: The angel comes, he comes to reap
Author: Henry Hart Milman
Source: Heber's Collection


The angel comes: he comes to reap. H. H. Milman. [Second Advent] First published in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 40, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in Dean Milman's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, 1837. It is given in several modern hymnbooks, including Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, and others. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #10887
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The Cyber Hymnal #10887

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