The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Comes The Day Of Compensation

Words: Appropinquat enim dies, P. Gonella, 11th Century,
Translated by Rev. John Mason Neale

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 4

1. Comes the day of compensation,
End of just men’s tribulation,
On the persecutors frowning,
And the persecuted crowning.

2. Day of gladness, day of glory,
Day of light consolatory;
Day, by evening follow’d never,
Day, when death shall die for ever.

3. Comes the King so long expected,
By each righteous soul affected,
Comes with mighty preparation
To complete our full salvation.

4. He shall come, no more delaying,
Man’s most righteous guerdon paying,
All the weight of glory showing
To the Faith’s confessors owing.

5. Then the glory, then the pleasure,
To have hated this world’s treasure:
Then the bitter recollection
To have held it in affection.

6. O how blessed then the mourners,
They for Christ who scorn’d the scorners!
Whom this world, the while it paineth,
Gives -a crown that ay remaineth.

7. There is peace without contention,
Joy beyond all human mention; -
Youth and beauty, never faded,
And salvation uninvaded.

8. Righteous Judge returning hither,
O vouchsafe to call me thither:
Thee my very soul desireth;
Thee my anxious prayer requireth.

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