They Come

They come from the east and west, they come from the lands afar

Translator: Thoro Harris
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 They come from the East and West,
They come from the lands afar
To feast with the King, to dine as His guest;
How blessed these pilgrims are!
Beholding His hallow’d face,
Aglow with a light divine;
Blest partakers of His grace,
As gems in His crown to shine.

O, Jesus is coming soon,
The judgment will then begin;
O what if our Lord, this moment should come
For those who are free from sin,
O then would it bring you joy,
Or sorrow and deep despair;
When the Lord in glory comes,
We’ll meet Him up in the air.

2 I’ll look on the great white throne,
Before it the ransom’d stand;
No longer are tears, no sorrow is known
Nor death in that goodly land.
My Savior has gone before,
Preparing the way for me;
Soon we’ll meet to part no more
Thru time or eternity. [Refrain]

3 The gates of that holy place
Stand open by night and day;
O look to the Lord who “giveth more grace,”
Whose lone has prepar’d the way.
A home in those mansions fair,
His hand hath reserv’d for all;
For the wedding feast prepare,
Obeying the gracious call. [Refrain]

4 They come from the thorny way,
From regions beyond the sea;
They come from the vale, from mountain and dale,
O, Shepherd of men, to Thee,
They soar to the mount of God,
Beholding the Bridegroom fair;
He who trod our earthly sod
Will welcome each pilgrim there. [Refrain]

5 Since Jesus has set me free,
I’m happy as I can be;
No longer I bear the burden of care,
His yoke is so sweet to me.
My soul was as bleak as night,
But darkness has taken flight;
Now I have the victory,
For Jesus has set me free. [Refrain]

Source: Soul Inspiring Songs #31

Translator: Thoro Harris

Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC. Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include: Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904) Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: They come from the east and west, they come from the lands afar
Title: They Come
German Title: Sie kommen von Ost und West
Translator: Thoro Harris
Language: English



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