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When This Passing World Is Done

When this passing world is done

Author: Robert Murray McCheyne (1837)
Published in 121 hymnals

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1 When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon glaring sun,
When we stand with Christ in glory,
Looking o'er life's finished story,--
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.

2 When I stand before the throne,
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart,--
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.

3 When the praise of heaven I hear,
Loud as thunders to the ear,
Loud as many waters' noise,
Sweet as harp's melodious voice,--
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Robert Murray McCheyne

McCheyne, Robert Murray, son of Adam McCheyne, W. S., was b. at Edinburgh, May 21, 1813, and educated at Edinburgh University. In 1835 he became Assistant at Larbert,near Stirling, and was ordained in 1836 Minister of St. Peter's Established Church, Dundee. In 1839 he went to Palestine as one of the Mission of Enquiry to the Jews from the Church of Scotland. He d. at Dundee, March 25, 1843. His hymns, a few of which were written in Palestine, appeared in his Songs of Zion to cheer and guide Pilgrims on their way to the New Jerusalem, By the late Rev. B. M. McCheyne....Dundee, W. Middleton, 1843. These hymns were reprinted in his Memoir and Remains, edited by Dr. Andrew A. Bonar, 1844. The Songs as reprinted in 1844 number 14, and date from… Go to person page >

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First Line: When this passing world is done
Title: When This Passing World Is Done
Author: Robert Murray McCheyne (1837)
Language: English


When this passing world is done. B. M. McCheyne. [Debtor to Christ.] Printed in the Scottish Christian Herald, May 20, 1837; and repeated, in his Songs of Zion appended to his Memoir and Remains, 1844, in 9 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed "I am Debtor." As a whole it is not in common use but the following centos therefrom are in common use:— 1. When this passing world is done. Various centos of unequal length, with this as the opening stanza are in common use in Great Britain and America. 2. When I stand before the throne. This cento, in Kennedy, 1863, and others begins with stanza iii. 3. Chosen, not for good in me. This cento is in extensive use. It begins with stanza vi. 4. Oft I walk beneath the cloud. In use in Great Britain and America. It opens with stanza vi. When these centos are taken into account it is found that this is the best known and most widely used of the author's hymns. Original text in Lyra Britannica 1867. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


MOUNT ZION (Sullivan)


REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 Psalter, where the tune was named AJALON. The tune is also known as P…

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[When this passing world is done] (Towner)



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