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“Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, which shall prepare Thy way before Thee.”


ON Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Announces that the LoRD is nigh:
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings.

E’en now the air, the sea, the land,
Feel that their Maker is at hand;
The very elements rejoice,

And ol. Him with cheerful voice.

Then cleans'd be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a Guest'
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
For CHRIST to come and enter there.

For Thou art our Salvation, LoRD,
Our Refuge, and our sure reward,
Without Thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither #. a flower decay’d.

Stretch forth Thine hand to heal our sore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Once more upon Thy people shine,
And fill the world o love divine.

To Him, Who left the throne of Heaven
To save mankind, all praise be given;
Like praise be to the FATHER done,
And Holy SPIRIT, Three in One.

“Then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn . . . . men's hearts failing them for very fear.”


DAY of wrath ! O day of mourning !
See once more the Cross returning—
Heaven and earth in ashes burning.

O what fear man's bosom rendeth,
When from Heaven the Judge descendeth,
On Whose sentence all dependeth

Wondrous sound the trumpet flingeth, Through earth's sepulchres it ringeth, All before the throne it bringeth !

Death is struck, and nature quaking—
All creation is awaking,
To its Judge an answer making !

Lo ! the books exactly worded,
Wherein all hath been recorded !—
Thence shall judgment be awarded.

When the Judge His seat attaineth,
And each hidden deed arraigneth,
Nothing unaveng'd remaineth.

What shall I, frail man, be pleading?
Who for me be interceding,
When the just are mercy needing P

King of Majesty tremendous,
Who dost free salvation send us,
Fount of Pity then befriend us.

Think, kind JESU, my salvation
Caus’d Thy wondrous Incarnation—
Leave me not to reprobation 1

Faint and weary, Thou hast sought me, On the Cross of suffering bought me;— Shall such grace be vainly brought me?

Righteous Judge of retribution,
Grant Thy gift of absolution,
Ere that reckoning-day's conclusion 1

Guilty, now, I pour my moaning
All my shame with anguish owning;
Spare, O GoD, Thy suppliant groaning !

Thou the sinful woman savest—
Thou the dying thief forgavest—
And to me a hope vouchsafest.


Worthless are my prayers and sighing,
Yet, good LORD, in grace complying,
Rescue me from fires undying !

With Thy favoured sheep O place me!
Nor among the goats abase me,
But to Thy right hand upraise me.

While the wicked are confounded,
Doomed to flames of woe unbounded,
Call me! with Thy saints surrounded.

Low I kneel, with heart submission—
See, like ashes, my contrition—
Help me in my last condition 1

Ah, that day of tears and mourning !
From the dust of earth returning,

Man for judgment must prepare him—
Spare, O GOD, in mercy spare him

LORD, all-pitying JESU, blest,
Grant us Thine eternal rest.

“The Desire of all nations shall come.”

AND now with shades of night opprest,
When weary limbs are laid at rest,
The faithful soul shall wake and weep,
And unto Thee her vigils keep.

Health of the world, the FATHER's word,
By whom our untold prayers are heard,
Desire of nations, hear our sighs,
And raise us from our miseries.

Why do Thy wheels so long delay P
Come Thou and cast our chains away?
And ope the heavenly doors again,
Which Adam's crime hath closed amain.

Praise to the SoN, Who cometh down,
To make lost man again His own,
Praise be throughout the days of Heaven,
To FATHER and to SPIRIT given.

“Behold He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him.”

8. Lo! He comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favour’d sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! Amen.

Ev'ry eye shall now behold Him
Rob'd in dreadful majesty;
They who set at nought and sold Him,
Pierc'd and nail'd Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing,
Shall the dread MESSIAH see.
Ev'ry 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 judgment,
Come to judgment, come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear !
All His saints by men rejected,
Rise to meet Him in the air:
Angels, martyrs, all are there !

Yea, Amen, let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne!
SAVIOUR 1 take the power and glory,
Make Thy righteous sentence known 1
O, come quickly,
Claim the kingdoms for Thine own 1

“And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat upon it.”

9. GREAT GoD ! what do I see and hear?
The end of things created?
The Judge of mankind doth appear,
On clouds of glory seated
The trumpet sounds ! the graves restore
The dead that they contain'd before
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.

The dead in CHRIST are first to rise,
And greet th' archangel's warning;
To meet the SAVIOUR in the skies,
On this most awful morning;
The trumpet sounds ! the graves restore
The dead that they contain’d before 1
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.

His Cross, dread sign, in heav'n appears;
While stoutest hearts are quailing;
Th'ungodly rise, and all their tears
And sighs are unavailing.
The trumpet sounds ! the graves restore
The dead that they contain’d before 1
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.

My Judge, O grant me to ascend
#. Thy throne immortal,
When thousand thousands Thee attend,
And enter Heav'n's high portal.
The trumpet sounds ! the graves restore
The dead that they contain'd before
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.

“He that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he.”

IO. WHEN CHRIST the LORD would come on earth,
His messenger before Him went;
The greatest born of mortal birth,
And charg’d with words of deep intent.

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