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When the King Comes

They come and go, the seasons fair

Author: E. S. Elliot
Published in 6 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. They come and go, the seasons fair,
And bring their spoil to vale and hills;
But oh! there is waiting in the air,
And a passionate hope the spirit fills,
Why doth He tarry, the absent Lord?
When shall the kingdom be restored,
And earth and Heav’n, with one accord,
Ring out the cry that the King comes?

What will it be when the King comes!
What will it be when the King comes!
What will it be when He comes, when He comes!
What will it be when the King comes!

2. The floods have lifted up their voice—
The King hath come to His own, His own!
The little hills and vales rejoice,
His right it is to take the crown;
Sleepers, awake, and meet Him first!
Now let the marriage hymn outburst,
And powers of darkness flee, dispersed:
What will it be when the King comes! [Refrain]

3. A ransomed earth breaks forth in song,
Her sin-stained ages overpast;
Her yearning, Lord, how long, how long?
Exchanged for joy at last, at last!
Angels carry the royal commands;
Peace beams forth throughout all the lands;
The trees of the fields shall clap their hands:
What will it be when the King comes! [Refrain]

4. Now Zion’s hill, with glory crowned,
Uplifts her head with joy once more;
And Zion’s King, once scorned, disowned,
Extends her rule from shore to shore.
Sing, for the land her Lord regains!
Sing, for the Son of David reigns!
And living streams o’erflow her plains:
What will it be when the King comes! [Refrain]

5. Oh, brothers, stand as men that wait—
The dawn is purpling from the east,
And banners wave from Heaven’s high gate;
The conflict now—but soon the feast!
Mercy and truth shall meet again;
Worthy the Lamb that once was slain!
We can suffer now—He will know us then:
What will it be when the King comes! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7327

Author: E. S. Elliot

Elliott, Emily Elizabeth Steele, third daughter of the late Rev. E. B. Elliott, of Brighton, author of the Horae Apocalypticae was born at Brighton, and now [1887] lives in London. She has contributed hymns, some of which have obtained wide acceptance, to the choir manuals, and Additional Hymns, 1866 (Nos. 8, 34) for use in St. Mark's Church, Brighton; to the Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor, which she edited for six years. Her Chimes of Consecration, a volume of 70 hymns and poems, was published in 1873, and her Chimes for Daily Service in 1880. The latter contains 71 hymns in two parts. The second part of 48 hymns is also published separately as Under the Pillow, for use as a cheap large type hymn-book (with corresponding tune-book)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: They come and go, the seasons fair
Title: When the King Comes
Author: E. S. Elliot
Refrain First Line: What will it be when the King comes?
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #7327
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The Cyber Hymnal #7327

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