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THOU ART COMING.
F. R. Havergal.

EXPECTATION. P. M.

W. H. Monk.

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I THOU art coming, O my Saviour,

Thou art coming, O my King,
In thy beauty all-resplendent
In thy glory all-transcendent;

Well may we rejoice and sing;
Coming! In the opening east

Herald brightness slowly swells;
Coming! O my glorious Priest,

Hear we not thy golden bells?
2 Thou art coming, thou art coming ;

We shall meet thee on thy way,
We shall see thee, we shall know thee,
We shall bless thee, we shall show thee

All our hearts could never say ;
What an anthem that will be,
Bringing out our love to thee,
Pouring out our rapture sweet

At thine own all-glorious feet.
3 Thou art coming; at thy table

We are witnesses for this;
While remembering hearts thou meetest
In communion clearest, sweetest,

Earnest of our coming bliss,

Showing not thy death alone,

And thy love exceeding great,
But thy coming, and thy throne,

All for which we long and wait.

: 4 O the joy to see thee reigning,

Thee, my own beloved Lord !
Every tongue thy name confessing,
Worship, honor, glory, blessing,

Brought to thee with one accord;
Thee, my Master and my Friend,

Vindicated and enthroned,
Unto earth's remotest end

Glorified, adored, and owned.

A-men.

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THE
HE Bridegroom comes ; Bride of the Lamb, awake!

The midnight cry is heard; thy sleep forsake.
The marriage-day has come; lift up thy head,
Put on thy bridal robe, the feast is spread.

2 Shake off earth's dirt, and wash thy weary feet ;

Arise, make haste, go forth, the Bridegroom greet.
Sing the new song ! thy triumph has begun;
Thy tears are wiped away, thy night is done!

A.men,

232

WAITING FOR THE LORD.
H. Bonar.

VIGILATE. S. M. D.

C. Steggall.

I

THE
HE Church has waited long

Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits

A friendless stranger she.
Age after age has gone,

Sun after sun has set,
And still in weeds of widowhood,
She weeps, a mourner yet.

Come then, Lord Jesus, come!
2 Saint after saint on earth

Has lived, and loved, and died;
And as they left us one by one,

We laid them side by side.
We laid them down to sleep,

But not in hope forlorn-
We laid them but to slumber there
Till the last glorious morn.

Come then, Lord Jesus, come!
3 We long to hear thy voice,

To see thee face to face,
To share thy crown and glory then,

As now we share thy grace.
Should not the loving Bride

The absent Bridegroom mourn?
Should she not wear the weeds of grief
Until her Lord return?

Come then, Lord Jesus, come!

4

The whole creation groans,

And waits to hear that voice
That shall restore her comeliness,

And make her wastes rejoice.
Come, Lord, and wipe away

The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

Come then, Lord Jesus, come!

A-men.

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2 THESSALONIANS iv, 16, 17.
W. B. Collyer.

MONMOUTH. 87,87; 887.

German.

I

REAT God! what do I see and hear?

I —
The end of things !
Behold the Judge of man appear,

On clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds—the graves restore
The dead which they contained before !

Prepare, my soul, to meet him!

2 The dead in Christ shall first arise,

At the last trumpet's sounding, Caught up to meet him in the skies,

With joy their Lord surrounding: No gloomy fears their souls dismay, His presence sheds eternal day,

On those prepared to meet him.

A-men.

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LAURENTI'S HYMN.
Tr. 7. Borthwick.

EXULTATION. 7-6. D.

H. Smart.

I

REJOICE, all ye believers,

And let your lights appear, The evening is advancing,

And midnight now is near; The Bridegroom is arising,

And soon he draweth nigh; Up, up, and watch, and wrestle,

At midnight comes the cry.

2 See that your lamps are burning,

Replenish them with oil,
And wait for your salvation-

The end of earthly toil.
The watchers on the mountain

Proclaim the Bridegroom near:
Go meet him as he cometh,

With Hallelujahs clear.

3 Ye wise and holy virgins,

Now raise your voices higher, Until in songs of triumph

They meet the angel choir. The marriage feast is waiting,

The doors wide open stand, Be ready, then, to meet him,

The Bridegroom is at hand.

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