Till He Come

Till he come, O let the words

Author: Edward Henry Bickersteth (1862)
Published in 226 hymnals

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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

Author: Edward Henry Bickersteth

Bickersteth, Edward Henry, D.D., son of Edward Bickersteth, Sr. born at Islington, Jan. 1825, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. with honours, 1847; M.A., 1850). On taking Holy Orders in 1848, he became curate of Banningham, Norfolk, and then of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells. His preferment to the Rectory of Hinton-Martell, in 1852, was followed by that of the Vicarage of Christ Church, Hampstead, 1855. In 1885 he became Dean of Gloucester, and the same year Bishop of Exeter. Bishop Bickersteth's works, chiefly poetical, are:— (l) Poems, 1849; (2) Water from the Well-spring, 1852; (3) The Rock of Ages, 1858 ; (4) Commentary on the New Testament, 1864; (5) Yesterday, To-day, and For Ever, 1867; (6) The Spirit of Life, 1868;… Go to person page >

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First Line: Till he come, O let the words
Title: Till He Come
Author: Edward Henry Bickersteth (1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)


[Till he come! O let the words] (Bliss)

[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide] (Wells)

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #317

Hymns of the Christian Life #434

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Moravian Book of Worship #413

Sacred Selections for the Church #292

The Baptist Hymnal #539


The Cyber Hymnal #6784

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #426

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