Lo, he comes with clouds descending


Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

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

Those 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!

Now redemption, long expected,
see in solemn pomp appear;
all his saints, by man rejected,
now shall meet him in the air:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
See the day of God appear!

Yea, amen! let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory;
claim the kingdom for thine own:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.


Words: John Cennick (1718-1755), 1752;
as altered by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1758;
and then altered by Martin Madan (1726-1790), 1760

MIDI: Helmsley (Martin Madan, 1726-1790)

Meter: 87 87 87

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 039 St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 029 Anglican Hymn Book 29 (Macfarren)  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 022 St. Peter's Westminster  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 001 St. Peter's Westminster  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 001 Goss, Helmsley, St. Enoch  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 001 Redhead no. 1, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 001 St. Thomas (Wade)  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 069 Oriel  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 076 Helmsley, Regent Square  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 051 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 105    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 226 Helmsley  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 073 Helmsley  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 039 Redhead no. 1  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 039 St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 039 Redhead no. 1, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 039 Redhead no. 1, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 039 Redhead no. 1, St. Enoch, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 039 St. Thomas (Wade), Westminster  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 078 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 052 Helmsley  
The English Hymnal, 1906 007 Helmsley  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 056 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Hymnal 1916 057 St. Thomas (Wade)  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 071 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 072 Helmsley  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
038 Helmsley  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 048 Helmsley  
Songs of Praise, 1925 043 Helmsley  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 065 Helmsley  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 060 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
The Hymnal 1940 005 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 051 Helmsley  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 077 Helmsley  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 047 Helmsley  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 081 Helmsley  
The Hymn Book 1971 393 Helmsley  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 201 Helmsley  
The Hymnal 1982 057 Helmsley, St. Thomas (Wade)  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 028 Helmsley  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 009 Helmsley  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 196 Helmsley  
Church Family Worship, 1988 599 Helmsley  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 307 Helmsley  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 114 Helmsley  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 273 Helmsley  
Sing Glory, 1999 438 Helmsley  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 424 Helmsley  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 031 Helmsley  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 405 Helmsley  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 132 Helmsley  

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