Lo, he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley)

Lo, He comes with clouds descending Lyrics

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for mortal sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
We 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.

The 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!

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.


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  • Tune: Helmsley
  • Meter: 87 87 47
  • Style: Classical
  • Composer: unknown collected by John Wesley (1703 – 1791) in Hymnal: Select Hymns with Tunes Annext (1765)
  • Lyricist: John Cennick (1718 – 1755) in Hymnal: Collection of Sacred Hymns, 1752; republished and changed by Charles Wesley in 1758 and Martin Madan in 1760.
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.