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Before the dawning day-
All glory to the Son,
Habk! a thrilling voice is sounding— "Christ is nigh," it seems to say;
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
Wakened by the solemn warning
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,
Lo! the Lamb so long expected
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
That when next He comes with glory,
With His mercy He may shield us,
Honour, glory, might, dominion,
To the Father and the Son, "With the Everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run. Amen.
3. C. M.
Habk the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
Let every heart prepare a throne,
He comes, the prisoners to release,
In Satan's bondage held:
The iron fetters yield.
He comes, from thickest films of vice
To clear the mental ray,
To pour celestial day.
He comes, the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
To enrich the humble poor.
Our glad Hosannas, Prince of Peace,
And heaven's eternal arches ring
4. 8-7, 8-7, 4-7.
Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Thousand thousand saints attending
God appears, on earth to reign!
Every eye shall now behold Him,
Those who set at nought and sold Him,
Shall the true Messiah see.
Now Redemption, long expected,
All His saints, by man rejected,
See the day of God appear.
Still the tokens of His passion
Cause of endless exultation
Here our refuge,
And our blissful vision there.
Yea, Amen! let all adore Thoc,
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Everlasting God! come down. Amen.
5. 8-7, 8-7, 4-7.
Satioub, hasten Thine appearing,
This sweet hope our spirits cheering
Strangers here till Thou dost come.
Lord, how long shall the creation
"Waiting for its sure salvation,
This sad earth shall bloom again?
Gather, Lord, Thy chosen nation,
Israel's long-afflicted race;
Own and trust Thy wondrous grace;
Reign, O, reign, Almighty Saviour!
Heaven and earth in one unite;
There alone is life and light;
6. c. M.
Behold the mountain of the Lord
In latter days shall rise
And draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
Up to the hill of God, they'll say,
The beam that shines from Zion hill
Shall lighten every land,
Shall all the world command.
No strife shall vex Messiah's reign,
Or mar the peaceful years; To ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
To pruning-hooks their spears.
Come then! 0 come from every land