1 "Till he come!" O let the words
linger on the trembling chords;
let the "little while" between
in their golden light be seen;
let us think how heav'n and home
lie beyond that "Till he come."
2 See, the feast of love is spread,
drink the wine and break the bread -
sweet memorials - till the Lord
call us round his heav'nly board;
some from earth, from glory some,
severed only "Till he come!"
Source: Moravian Book of Worship #413
|First Line:||Till He come, O let the words|
|Title:||Till He Come|
|Author:||Edward Henry Bickersteth (1862)|
|Notes:||Danish translation: See "Til han kommer, Ord af Fryd"|
Till he come, O let the words. Bishop Bickersteth. [Holy Communion.] Written in 1861 and first published in his work The Blessed Dead, 1862, and subsequently in his Supplement to Psalms and Hymns, No. 41; The Two Brothers, 1871; and the 1870, 1876, and 1890 editions of the Hymnal Companion. The author says that it is given in his Hymnal Companion as presenting "one aspect of the Lord's Supper which is passed over in many hymnals, 'Ye do show forth the Lord's death till He come'; and also our communion with those of whom we say “We bless Thy holy Name for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear.'" It is in several hymn-books.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)