Scripture Verse

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Romans 13:12


Words: Fran­cis A. Sim­kins, in Glad Hal­le­lu­jahs, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Tho­mas T. Task­er, Sr., 1887), num­ber 120.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Sim­kins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Oh, the glo­ri­ous day is com­ing,
By faith its dawn­ing see!
When right­eous­ness shall rule the world,
And men in­deed be free:
When wea­ry souls shall cease to mourn,
By weight of woe op­pressed;
When Christ shall reign in ev­ery heart,
By ev­ery tongue con­fessed.


Oh, the glo­ri­ous day is coming—
Yes, ’tis com­ing! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Shout, O Earth, the joy­ful cry!
See! the glo­ry beams are ev­en now il­lum­ing
The glow­ing ban­ners of the morn­ing sky.

Yes, the Lord is sure­ly com­ing,
His king­dom draweth nigh,
When gloom and night shall flee away,
And er­ror writhe and die.
Lo, He shall come, and by His pow­er
Redeem the world from sin;
The thou­sand years so long fore­told
In that day shall be­gin.


Then the Con­quer­or of the na­tions
Shall ban­ish ev­ery wrong,
And earth, now sad with sighs and tears,
Shall then be filled with song:
And we shall lay our ar­mor down,
Our earth­ly war­fare o’er,
Called home to be with God, and reign
With Him for­ev­er­more.