Scripture Verse

I will come again. John 14:3


Philip Doddridge

Words: Phil­ip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 314: Christ’s se­cond ap­pear­ance.

Music: Ills­ley John Bish­op, A Set of New Psalm Tunes 1711 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Behold, the Son of God appears,
And in His flesh our sins He bears;
The Victim at God’s altar stood
To expiate guilt by groans and blood.

But lo, a second time He comes
To shake the earth, and rend the tombs;
These heav’ns before Him melt away,
And suns and stars in smoke decay.

Yet, midst this general wreck and dread,
Ye saints, with triumph lift the head:
With glad surprise your Savior meet,
Who comes to make your bliss complete.

My soul, a happiness so great,
With pleasing expectation wait;
And while I dwell upon the thought,
Be earth and all its toys forgot.

My Savior God, what grace is Thine,
Which gives a prospect so divine!
Come, blessèd day, and teach our tongues
How angels warble out their songs.