The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

God Cometh, Let The Heart Prepare

Judgment At The Door

For Second Advent

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)

Music: Not Stated

Source: William Chatterton Dix, ed., A Vision of All Saints (London: John Hodges, 1871), pp. 12-13. target="_blank"

God cometh, let the heart prepare,
Let all be swept and garnished there.

Not as the Babe of Bethlehem
He comes to doom, to diadem.

Not as the scorned, the crucified,
The Bridegroom seeks His waiting Bride.

With clouds He comes, and every eye
Shall see the Judge of souls draw nigh.

The trump shall sound, and cohorts bright
Will swell His train of wondrous might.

Behold He standeth at the door,
The Christ Whose pity we implore.

God cometh, let the heart prepare,
Deep let the Cross be planted there.

So when the Sign in Heaven appears,
The Cross within shall stay our fears.

Thus in that day of woe and dread,
O God, may we be comforted.

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