When Christ, the Lord, would come on earth

Author: Henry Alford

Alford, Henry, D.D., son of  the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place  at  Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871.  In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When Christ, the Lord, would come on earth
Author: Henry Alford
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


When Christ the Lord would [shall] come on earth. H. Alford. [St. John Baptist.] In the Author's Hymns for the Sundays and Festivals throughout the Year, 1836, this hymn was appointed for St. John Baptist's Day: but on its transference to his Psalms & Hymns, 1844, it was given for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, No. vi., and marked in error as having been published in that collection for the first time. It is found in his Year of Praise, 1867, and Poetical Works, in the 8th edition of which it is dated 1835. Original text, in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871. It is in somewhat extensive use, and sometimes in an altered form, as in the Murray's Hymnal, 1852, with the same first line, but much altered and with the addition of a new stanza.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Cl…

Go to tune page >



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

A Church of England Hymn Book #109

Church Hymns with Tunes #178

The Book of Praise #d412

Page Scan

The Christian Hymnal, Hymns with Tunes for the Services of the Church #203

Page Scan

The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book #55

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us