Protestant Hymns of the Passion

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending

1.
Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for favored sinners slain;
thousand, thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

2.
Every eye shall now behold him,
robed in dreadful majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

3.
The dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears;
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshipers;
with what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,
gaze we on those glorious scars!

4.
Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,
high on thy eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Everlasting God, come down!

index of all hymns at this site/introduction

words: John Cennick (1718-1755) with words re-worked by Charles Wesley, 1758 (1707-1788)
melody: Helmsley (traditional English melody, variously attributed); score (pdf - harmonized by Ralph Vaughn Williams)
original version of Cennick's text (scroll down the page)

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