The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Many Shall Come

Words: Magnus Brostrup Landstad, 1861, Tr. P. O. Stromme, 1909

Music: There Many Shall Come, Swedish, 1695, and
Ahnfelt, Oscar Ahnfelt (1813-1862), Arr. A. Lindstrom
Meter: 11 9 11 9 9

Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Condordia Hymnal
(Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)

1. There many shall come from the east and the west
And sit at the feast of salvation,
With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest,
Obeying the Lordís invitation.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

2. But they who have always resisted His grace
And on their own virrue depended,
Shall then be condemned and cast out from His face,
Eternally lost and unfriended
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

3. O may we all hear when our Shepherd doth call,
In accents persuasive and ten der,
That while there is time we make haste one and all
And find Him, our mighty defender
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

4. God grant that I may of His infinite love
Remain in His merciful keeping;
And sit with the King at His table above,
When here in the grave I am sleeping.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

5 All trials are then like the dreams that are past,
Forgotten all trouble and sorrow;
All questions and doubts have been answered at last;
Then dawneth eternityís morrow
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

 

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