Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending

This Advent hymn was written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), based on an earlier work by John Cennick (1718-1755).

With meter 8.7.8.7.4.7, tunes it is set to include:
  • HELMSLEY - attributed Thomas Olivers, although there was a rumour that Olivers actually heard the tune on the street
  • ST. THOMAS - Wade
  • REGENT SQUARE by Henry T. Smart and first published in the Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867),


Downloads


Examples

English cathedral choir with organ backing:



HELEMSLY - congregation with organ backing



Solo singer with guitar acoustic backing - HELMSLEY


Lyrics

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

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.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgement! Come to judgement! Come to judgement!
Come to judgement! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

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