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Thou art coming, O my Savior!

Thou art coming, O my Savior! Thou art coming, O my King!

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal (1873)
Tune: BEVERLEY (Monk)
Published in 117 hymnals

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1 Thou art coming, O my Savior,
thou art coming, O my King,
in thy beauty all resplendent,
in thy glory all transcendent;
well may we rejoice and sing:
coming! in the op'ning east
herald brightness slowly swells:
coming! O my glorious Priest,
hear we not thy golden bells?

2 Thou art coming, thou art coming:
we shall meet thee on thy way,
we shall see thee, we shall know thee,
we shall bless thee, we shall show thee
all our hearts could never say:
what an anthem that will be,
ringing out our love to thee,
pouring out our rapture sweet
at thine own all-glorious feet.

3 O the joy to see thee reigning,
thee, my own beloved Lord!
Ev'ry tongue thy name confessing,
worship, honor, glory, blessing
brought to thee with glad accord;
thee, my Master and my Friend,
vindicated and enthroned;
unto earth's remotest end
glorified, adored, and owned.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #326

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >


Thou art coming, O my Saviour. Frances B. Havergal. [Advent.] Written at Winterdyne, Nov. 16, 1873. First printed in the Rock newspaper, 1873, and then as one of Parlane's leaflets, 1874; her Under the Surface, 1874; and Life Mosaic, 1879. It is one of the most popular of Miss Havergal's hymns. Sometimes it is divided, when Pt. ii. begins with Thou art coming; at Thy Table." Miss Havergal's tune St. Paul was written to this hymn; but she preferred to hear it sung to Dr. Monk's tune Advent, as in Hymns Ancient & Modern. [HAV. MSS.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #326

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