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When Christ descending from the skies

When Christ descending from the skies

Published in 3 hymnals

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1 When Christ descending from the skies,
As Bridegroom shall appear;
With solemn sound of midnight cries,
To call professors near.

2 That sound will strike an awful damp,
And shew the awful case
Of those who only have the lamp,
Without the oil of grace.

3 The foolish virgins shall awake,
And seek for a supply;
But all in vain they undertake,
To borrow or to buy.

4 Then shall they see that those were wise,
Who they despised here;
And now unto their great surpirze:
They see them happy there.

5 The wise will then be truly blest,
There to be glorified;
But sad distress shall seize the rest,
Whose entrance is denied.

6 In vain they shall attempt to plead:
Lord, with thy Saints we bow'd;
Oft in thy presence we have pray'd,
And sung thy praise aloud.

7 The Lord shall answer from his throne!
Depart ye wicked crew:
I never knew, nor cannot own
Such hypocrites as you.

8 O may my worship be sincere,
Sincere with all my heart--
That I may never need to fear,
To hear the word, depart!

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CL

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