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The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow

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1 The Lord will come and not be slow,
his footsteps cannot err;
before him righteousness shall go,
his royal harbinger.

2 Truth from the earth, like to a flow'r,
shall bud and blossom then,
and justice, from her heav'nly bow'r,
look down on mortal men.

3 Rise, God, and judge the earth in might,
this wicked earth redress;
for you are he who shall by right
the nations all possess.

4 For great you are, and wonders great
by your strong hand are done:
you, in your everlasting seat,
remain the Lord alone.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #385

Author: John Milton

Milton, John, was born in London, Dec. 9, 1608, and died there Nov. 8, 1674. His poetical excellences and his literary fame are matters apart from hymnology, and are fully dealt with in numerous memoirs. His influence on English hymn-writing has been very slight, his 19 versions of various Psalms having lain for the most part unused by hymnal compilers. The dates of his paraphrases are:— Ps. cxiv. and cxxxvi., 1623, when he was 15 years of ago. These were given in his Poems in English and Latin 1645. Ps. lxxx.-lxxxviii., written in 1648, and published as Nine Psalmes done into Metre, 1645. Ps. i., 1653; ii., “Done August 8, 1653;" iii., Aug. 9, 1653; iv. Aug. 10, 1653; v., Aug. 12, 1653; vi., Aug. 13, 1653; vii.Aug. 14, 1653; viii… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Lord will come and not be slow
Title: The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow
Author: John Milton (1648)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




GENEVAN 107 first appeared in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1986. Composed in the Dorian mode this Genevan tune consists of four long lines, each of which has two phrases; lines 1 and 2 share melodic and rhythmic patterns, and lines 3 and 4 a…

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ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)

ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…

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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Ancient and Modern #51

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #722

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #140

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Common Praise #37

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #655

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CPWI Hymnal #55

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #282

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #29

Hymns and Psalms #245

Hymns Old and New #489

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Rejoice in the Lord #165


The Cyber Hymnal #4103

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The Hymnal 1982 #462

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The New English Hymnal #15

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #367

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #385

Include 81 pre-1979 instances
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