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Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending Hymn Lyrics and Story

Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending Story


The text for this hymn is from John Cennick (1718 - 1755) and Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788). The tune used for this hymn is from the song Helmsley.

It was first composed by John Cennick in his hymn titled, "Lo! He Cometh, countless Trumpet" which was first published in 1752. This song was later substantially revised by Charles Wesly in 1758.

It is based on the Second coming of Jesus Christ as presented in Revelation 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

John Cennick


Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending Lyrics


1. Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for favored sinners slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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. Those 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!

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

For more links to hymn lyrics and stories visit Popular and Old Hymns History.

Below is a video of Ely Cathedral Choir of the  United Kingdom singing this song.

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