The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Once More, O Lord, Thy Sign Shall Be

Words: Bp. G. W. Doane, 1827

Music: Not Stated
Meter: D. C. M.

The Hymnal. New York: James Pott & Co., 1889, #38, p. 31.

1. Once more, O Lord, Thy sign shall be
    Upon the heavens displayed,
And earth and its inhabitants
    Be terribly afraid:
For, not in weakness clad, Thou com'st,
    Our woes, our sins to bear,
But girt with all Thy Father's might,
    His judgment to declare.

2. The terrors of that awful day
    Oh, who can understand?
Or who abide, when Thou in wrath
    Shalt lift Thy holy hand?
The earth shall quake, the sea shall roar,
    The sun in heaven grow pale;
But Thou hast sworn, and wilt not change,
    Thy faithful shall not fail.

3. Then grant us, Saviour, so to pass
    Our time in trembling here,
That when upon the clouds of heaven
    Thy glory shall appear,
Uplifting high our joyful heads,
    In triumph we may rise,
And enter, with Thine angel train,
    Thy palace in the skies.

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