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12590. He Comes, Thy God

1 He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes;
Prepare thy God to meet:
Meet Him in battle’s force arrayed,
Or humbled at His feet.

2 He formed the mountains by His strength;
He makes the winds to blow;
And all the secret thoughts of man
Must his Creator know.

3 He shades the morning’s opening rays;
He shakes the solid world;
And stars and angels from their seats
Are by His thunder hurled.

4 Eternal Sovereign of the skies,
And shall thine Israel dare
In mad rebellion to arise,
And tempt th’unequal war?

5 Lo, nations tremble at Thy frown,
And faint beneath Thy rod;
Crushed by its gentlest movement down,
They fall, tremendous God.

6 Avert the terrors of Thy wrath,
And let Thy mercy shine;
While humble penitence and prayer
Approve us truly Thine.

Text Information
First Line: He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes
Title: He Comes, Thy God
Author: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: IRA by Heinrich C. Zeuner, MAITLAND by George N. Allen, MANOAH by Giaochino A. Rossini
Tune Information
Composer: Wilhelm August Ferdinand Schulthes (1871)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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