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“ BEHOLD, I come, I come with speed,
With Me is My reward,
Shall with his work accord.”
“ Come, then !” from every faithful breast
The Holy SPIRIT cries ; And “ Come !" in spotless raiment dressed,
The Church, Thy bride replies.
O blest are they whose bosoms share
The SPIRIT's gifts serene ;
That vesture white and clean;
Blest, who in Thy communion erst
Have loved, O CHRIST, to dwell ; Have freely drunk, and slaked their thirst,
From Thy enlivening well;
And when at length Thy warnings show
At hand the hour of doom, Can meekly answer,
Yea, come, LORD JESUS, come !"
- Even so,
Light of those, whose dreary dwelling
Borders on the shades of death ; JESUS, now Thy love revealing,
Scatter every cloud beneath.
Still we wait for Thine appearing,
Life and joy Thy beams impart ; Chasing all our doubts, and cheering
Every meek and contrite heart.
Show Thy power in every nation,
O Thou Prince of peace and love! Give the knowledge of salvation,
Fix our hearts on things above.
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Every burdened soul release; By the influence of Thy Spirit,
Guide, O guide us, into peace.
GREAT GOD! what do I see and hear !
The end of things created :
On clouds of glory seated :
graves restore The dead which they contained before :
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him !
The dead in CHRIST shall first arise,
At the last trumpet's sounding : And meet their Saviour in the skies,
With joy His throne surrounding : No gloomy fears their souls dismay; His presence sheds eternal day
On those prepared to meet Him.
HARK! an awful voice is sounding;
“ Christ is nigh !" it seems to say ; “ Cast away the works of darkness,
O ye children of the day !" Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise ; CHRIST her sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies. Lo! the LAMB so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from Heaven ; Let us haste with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven.
So when next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth with fear, May He then, as our Defender,
On the clouds of Heaven appear.
COME, Thou long-expected JESUS,
Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth, Thou art; Blest desire of every nation,
Joy of every faithful heart.
Born Thy people to deliver;
Born a child, and yet a king; Born to reign in us for ever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal SPIRIT
Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit;
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.