Monday, 29 August 2016

I Vow To Thee, My Country Lyrics and Story

I Vow To Thee My Country is a hymn that emphasises the fact that Christians are citizens of two kingdoms, the earthly one and the heavenly one. 

This has created all sorts of tensions in the minds of Christians especially on how they are to relate to civil authorities. 

This hymn, I Vow To Thee My Country is a patriotic song that tries to show how these two loyalties operate. 

This hymn came from a patriotic poem written by Sir Cecil Spring Rice. It was set to music by Gustav Holst in 1921.

Sir Cecil Spring Rice was a British diplomat who later became the UK Ambassador to the United States of America. He used his influence to persuade Woodrow Wilson to join Britain in the war against Germany during the First World War. 

It was while in America that he rewrote this hymn in 1918 to concentrate on love and sacrifice rather than "noise of battle" and "the thunder of her guns".
Sir Cecil Spring Rice

This song was original known as Urbs Dei (The City of God) or the Two Fatherlands standing for the Christians loyalty to heaven and homeland.

Below are the lyrics of this hymn.

I vow to thee, my country, 
all earthly things above, 
Entire and whole and perfect, 
the service of my love; 
The love that asks no question, 
the love that stands the test, 
That lays upon the altar 
the dearest and the best; 
The love that never falters, 
the love that pays the price, 
The love that makes undaunted 
the final sacrifice. 

And there's another country, 
I've heard of long ago, 
Most dear to them that love her, 
most great to them that know; 
We may not count her armies, 
we may not see her King; 
Her fortress is a faithful heart, 
her pride is suffering; 
And soul by soul and silently 
her shining bounds increase, 
And her ways are ways of gentleness, 
and all her paths are peace.

If you are into patriotic songs here is another one, My Country Tis Of Thee.

Below is a video featuring, I Vow To Thee, My Country.

To God Be The Glory Lyrics and Story

There is something majestic about this hymn, To God Be The Glory. Every time I sing it I feel like I am in the very presence of the Lord. I can almost visualise the throne of God. 

I assume that the composer of this hymn Fanny Crosby must have felt the same way when she composed this hymn. This blind composer has blessed the Christian church very much with her hymns such as Blessed Assurance.

Fanny Crosby provided the lyrics while the tune came from William Howard Doane. Scholars believe that this hymn was written in 1872 even though it was first published in 1875.

In its early days it was Ira Sankey who popularised it by singing it during Dwight Moody's evangelistic campaigns. 

It however faded in public memory Cliff Barrows was handed a copy in 1954 with an intention to include in the songbook for Billy Graham crusades in London. 

Because of the popularity resulting from this Cliff continued to use it in subsequent evangelistic campaigns.

It is now established as one of the most popular hymns of all time.
Fanny Crosby To God Be The Glory

Below are the lyrics of this hymn:

Verse 1
To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Verse 2
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

(Refrain)

Verse 3
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

(Refrain)

Below is a video featuring this hymn, To God Be The Glory.


Be Still My Soul Hymn Story and Lyrics

"Be Still, My Soul" is originally a German hymn which reads in German, Stille meine Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen. The author was Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel (1697-1768).

The English version that we have now is the fruit of the work of Jane Laurie Borthwick (1813-1897) who translated it in 1855.

It is a prayer to patiently put our trust in the LORD even in the day of adversity. It shows us that no matter what we go through ultimately there is a joyful end to our sufferings.

May this be the prayer of everyone else, be still, my soul, the LORD is on thy side. That ought to give us a blessed assurance that no matter what God is on our side. He always has been and He always will be.

Below are the lyrics of this hymn.

1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord;
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Below is a video of this popular hymn.


On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand (My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less) Lyrics and Story

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less or On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand is the best known hymn of Edward Mote who wrote it in 1834. The original title of this hymn was, "The Immutable Basis for a Sinner's Hope".

Edward Mote was the pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham West Sussex in the United Kingdom.

It looks as if the inspiration for this hymn came from Christ parable of the wise and foolish builders. In the parable Christ speaks of the foolish builder who built his house on sinking sand while the wise builder built his on solid rock. As you would imagine a storm easily swept away the one built on sand.

Christ is the solid rock upon which we can build our house of faith. Any other foundation is like one on sand and will ultimately fail.

Edward Mote - On Christ the Solid Rock
On the authorship of this song Mr. Mote's explanation, communicated to the Gospel Herald, is:—
"One morning it came into my mind as I went to labour, to write an hymn on the ‘Gracious Experience of a Christian.' As I went up Holborn I had the chorus,

‘On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.’

Below are the lyrics of this popular hymn:

1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

In the video below Reggie Smith sings this beautiful hymn at a 3ABN campmeeting.




In Christ Alone by Yvonne Lewis of 3ABN

In Christ Alone is probably the most popular Christian hymn at the moment in both the US and the UK. There are actually surveys that have it on position 1 among popular hymns.

This hymn is the result of a collaboration between Keith Getty of Northern Ireland and Stuart Townend of England in 2001. Both are hugely popular songwriters of Christian hymns and contemporary worship music.

In this collaboration, the music was by Keith Getty and the original lyrics by Stuart Townend.

The melody of this song has an Irish bent on it. I guess it is because the music was organised by Keith Getty who is Irish. Another Irish hymn that has conquered the world is Be Thou My Vision.

The song focuses on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It celebrates that fact that even in death Christ was a conqueror. Death could not hold Christ.

Stuart Townend is also the composer of another famous hymn, How Deep The Father's Love For Us.

In the video below Yvonne Lewis of 3ABN sings this popular hymn, In Christ Alone. This was during the Pillars of Our Faith campmeeting.





How Deep The Father's Love For Us Hymn Story and Lyrics

How Deep The Father's Love For Us is a composition by an English Christian worship leader, Stuart Townend (born 1963).

Stuart says he decided to write this hymns to try to shift the attention that modern worship style that focus more on our emotions rather on God. He says that the focus should be on our Lord more than on ourselves. 

Emotions are important as they are a part of us but the problem comes in when they became center of our worship. Emotions can come and go and are easily influenced but only faith in God abides. We need to have a firm foundation in our Christian experience.

Christ should be the center of our worship no matter the situation. Whether we are happy, excited, sad let us make Christ the center and we will never be disappointed.

Stuart Townend gave the following reason for composing this hymn: 

"The danger now is that we are so focused on the experience our worship can become self-seeking and self-serving. When all of our songs are about how we feel and what we need, we’re missing the point. There is a wonderful, omnipotent God who deserves our highest praise, and how we feel about it is in many ways irrelevant!  I want to encourage the expression of joy, passion and adoration, but I want those things to be the by-product of focusing on God – I don’t want them to become the subject matter. I’m trying to write songs that refer to us as little as possible, and to Him as much as possible!"

Stuart Townend is also the co author of another popular modern hymn, In Christ Alone.

Below are the lyrics of this well known modern hymn.

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

And here is a video featuring this hymn.



Be Thou My Vision Hymn and Lyrics

A nationwide survey in the United Kingdom by the British Broadcasting Corporation found Be Thou My Vision to be no. 15 on people's favorite list. The survey was called UK's Top 100 Hymns.

I would not be surprised if it also among the top twenty hymns in the United States and other parts of the world. It is certainly one of the beloved hymns at least in my church.

This hymn was originally a traditional Irish hymn. It was known as Rop tú mo baile or Rob tú mo bhoile in old Irish. Tradition states that the song was composed by the sixth century Irish Christian poet Saint Dallan.

The English is the result of the work of Eleanor Hull who translated it in 1912. It was however in 1919 that the lyrics were set to the tune of the Irish folk tune, "Slane". The tune has stuck to this very day in both English and Irish.

The Irish have contributed many popular hymns to the Christian church. Some of those songs include Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Below are the lyrics of this beautiful hymn.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might;
be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
be thou mine inheritance now and always;
be thou and thou only the first in my heart;
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven's bright sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won;
great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Below is a video featuring this hymn.


Mary Did You Know (Christmas Carol with lyrics)

The first time I heard this Christmas carol, I thought it was one of those classic old hymns. I was surprised that it was actually written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene in the 1990s.

Judging from the response it has received this is now truly a modern Christmas carol classic and has been recorded by many artists all over the world.

Famous artists who have recorded this christmas song include, Kenny Rogers, Mary J Blige, Don Moen, Clay Aiken, Cee Lo Green and Pentatonix.

The first recording was done by Michael English in 1991 and reached no. 6 on CCM Magazine AC chart.

Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene are regular features on the Bill and Gloria Gaither music concerts. Mark Lowry is also member of the Gaither Vocal Band and so was Michael English when he recorded his version of this song.

Here are the lyrics of this Christmas carol, Mary Did You Know.

"Mary Did You Know"
(originally by Mark Lowry (lyrics) and Buddy Greene (melody))

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.


Below is a video featuring this modern classic Christmas song.


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Blessed Assurance Hymn Story and Lyrics

Blessed Assurance is at the top of millions of Christians top ten hymns of all time. It is such a powerful expression of our love for the LORD.

The words of this hymn were written by the blind singer Fanny Crosby after listening to a melody composed by Phoebe in 1873.

It is based on Hebrews 10:22 " Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (KJV)

How else can we respond to this assurance but by saying Here I Am Lord

Below are the lyrics of this beautiful hymn.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

(Refrain)

Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blessed,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
(Refrain)

Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymn Story and Lyrics

Great Is Thy Faithfulness is a favorite hymn of millions of Christians all over the world. It reminds us that God is always faithful. There is indeed no shadow of turning with him.

This song came into being after William Runyan decided to compose a musical score to a friend's poem. The author of that poem was Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960).

Thomas Obadiah Chisolm who had all sorts of bout of illnesses in his adult life had found solace in reading the scriptures and especially found strength in the fact that God was faithful to him.

His favorite biblical passage was Lamentations 3:22-23, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness."

It was during these challenging times that Thomas exchanged letters with his friend, William Runyan, a musician. In their communication they exchanged several poems and one of those is the one that became Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness was first published in 1923 but was relatively unknown until a Moody Bible Institute professor found it and used it very often in chapel services.

This song was popularised by George Beverly Shea who sang it at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades around 1945.

Below are the lyrics of this popular hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness

Refrain:
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Refrain

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain

Saturday, 27 August 2016

How Great Thou Art Hymn Story and Lyrics

History of How Great Thou Art Hymn


Sweden is not well known as a source of most of hymns in the English speaking world but it is from Sweden that this much loved hymn, How Great Thou Art came from.

This much loved hymn is based on a poem sung to a Swedish traditional melody.

Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940) is the author of the original poem that ended up as this hymn.

Boberg was a Swedish pastor, editor, and member of the Swedish parliament.

He wrote it while living in Mönsterås in Sweden.

This poem came about after a sudden storm when Boberg was walking home one day.

On that day Carl Boberg and friends were returning home from Kronobäck where they had attended a church service.

Out of nowhere a thundercloud appeared and soon lightning flashed across the sky.

A severe storm began to blow and rain came in cool fresh showers.

A little later the storm stopped.

When Boberg reached home he opened his window and looked out over the clear bay of Mönsterås.

While doing this he heard a church bell in the distance.

Boberg said there evidently had been a funeral as the bells were playing the tune of ‘When eternity’s clock calls my saved soul to its Sabbath rest.

That evening Carl Boberg wrote the poem, ‘O Store Gud’ (O Great God) based on this experience.

Carl Boberg first published “O Store Gud” in the Mönsterås News on 13 March 1886.

He later published it again in 1891 in Witness of the Truth, a weekly newspaper that Boberg edited.

This time both the words and music were published for the first time.

The instrumentation for both piano and guitar was provided by Adolph Edgren, a music teacher and organist.

It had eight verses.

German Translation


This hymn was later translated into German in 1907 by a wealthy German Baptist nobleman, Manfred von Glehn.

He had heard the hymn being sung by a Swedish speaking minority in Estonia.

Russian Translation


In 1912 the song found its way into Russia. The translation was by Ivan S Prokhanov who was known as the Martin Luther of Russia.

He was considered by many to be the most prolific Russian Protestant hymn writer and translator.

English Translation


There were two translations of this hymn into the English language.

The first translation was by E Gustav Johnson, then Professor of North Park College, Illinois, United States.

He translated verses 1,2 and 7-9 which were published in the United States in the Covenant Hymnal. It was titled as “O Mighty God” in 1925.

However, the English version that we have come to love is the result of the work of English missionary Stuart K Hine.

He first heard the Russian version of this song while doing missionary work in Ukraine in 1931.

He translated this poem from Russian into English and added two verses of his own.

He is the one who changed the title to “How Great Thou Art”.

He also rewrote some of the verses of the original song besides adding the two new verses.

Hine and his wife used the song in their evangelistic services in Ukraine. They were using their revised Russian version in their services there.

Besides the changes above Hine also added two additional optional verses to this hymn.

He copyrighted these in his book, Not You, but God: A Testimony to God’s Faithfulness.

Below are the two additional verses that are generally not included in modern English hymnals.

O when I see ungrateful man defiling
This bounteous earth, God’s gifts so good and great;
In foolish pride, God’s holy Name reviling
And yet, in grace, His wrath and judgment wait.

When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to Him I lift my face;
And then in love He brings me sweet assurance:
‘My child! for thee sufficient is my grace’.

It is however, the first four verses of his translation that are now known to many people who have come to love How Great Thou Art hymn.


How This Hymn Was Popularised?


Just as is true of other hymns it was the Billy Graham Crusades worship leaders, George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows that popularised this hymn.

It is said that when the Billy Graham Crusades came to London in 1954, George Gray a friend of Shea gave him a pamphlet containing this hymn.

They initially ignored it but later showed interest and arranged it for use at their crusades.

Even though they sang it while in England and in Canada it really did not catch fire.

It is however at at the Madison Square Garden crusade that it really became a hit and they sang it a hundred times due to public demand.

The rest is history as it is now one of the most loved hymns in the world.

It is now almost always in the top ten of the most loved Christian Hymns ever in most surveys.

Below are the lyrics of this wonderful and majestic hymn, How Great Thou Art.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Refrain

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Refrain

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Refrain



Below is a video featuring Wintley Phipps.  I also encourage you to watch another beautiful song by  Ladye Love Smith, In The Garden.


Below is another video featuring Kateena LeForge singing How Great Thou Art.


Just A Closer Walk With Thee Lyrics and Hymn Story

It is difficult to know the real author of this song that has blessed millions all over the world. There appears to be no consensus as to author. There is however circumstantial evidence that seems to point to an African American origin.

Those who say that this song has an African American origin think that it may have been composed in the African American congregations of the nineteenth century.

It is said that black slaves were heard singing a song about walking by the Lord's side while working in the fields.

Some have credited African American vocalist, Rev. Elijah Cluke (1907-1974) for the current version of this song.

Below are the lyrics and video of this beautiful hymn.

I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore

Here I Am, Lord Hymn Story

Here I Am, Lord is probably one of the most well known hymns that has crossed the divide between Catholics and Protestants. Many Protestants feature this song in their worship services which is remarkable when you consider the differences that exist between Catholics and Protestants.

Having said this it should be noted that this hymn has a powerful message of surrender to the will of God. 

Dan Schutte wrote this song in 1981. It is based on the message found in Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Samuel 3. In Isaiah we see the Lord God Almighty asking whom He shall send and Isaiah responding positively to God's call. In his response Isaiah says, "Here I am, send me".

Regardless of whether we are Protestants or Catholics Jesus is calling us and we need to respond to God's call. It is a call for service. A call for spreading the world and love of God to the people around us. 

No wonder this is a song that young and old have fallen in love with. Surveys have shown that is the second most loved song in the United Methodist church especially among the youth.

In the video below we will hear and watch a beautiful rendition of this hymn which is also known as I, the Lord of sea and sky.




Jesus Is Coming Again (Lift Up The Trumpet)

Jesus Is Coming Again (Lift Up The Trumpet is a hymn that has blessed millions all over the world. It is one of the favorite hymns in the Seventh day adventist Church to which I belong. It is almost the anthem of our church.

Lift Up The Trumpet is as song that vividly brings the hope of Jesus' second coming to many. It is this hope that has helped many going through hardship to endure. It has soothed the aching hearts of those that have lost loved ones as they know that they will meet them again during the second coming of Jesus.

The words of this popular hymn were penned by Rev Jerusha E. "Jessie" Strout Jordan (Jessie E Strout) an Advent Christian Minister, in 1872. Little is known about this pastor other than that he was a poet and minister. 

Jessie E Strout will however be remembered for this simple but beautiful hymn that continues to bless millions. 

Below is the tomb of Jessie Strout.
Tomb of Author of Jesus Is Coming Again

The music to this hymn, Lift Up The Trumpet was done by George E Lee in the same year 1872.

Below are the lyrics to this song.

Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring:
Jesus is coming again!
Cheer up, ye pilgrims, be joyful and sing:
Jesus is coming again!

Refrain
Coming again, coming again,
Jesus is coming again!

2
Echo it, hilltops; proclaim it, ye plains:
Jesus is coming again!
Coming in glory, the Lamb that was slain;
Jesus is coming again!

3
Heavings of earth, tell the vast, wondering throng:
Jesus is coming again!
Tempests and whirlwinds, the anthem prolong;
Jesus is coming again!

4
Nations are angry–by this we do know
Jesus is coming again!
Knowledge increases; men run to and fro;
Jesus is coming again!