The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Quickly Come, Dread Judge of All

For Advent

Words: Lawrence Tuttiett, 1854

Music: "Old 112th," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
"Vater Unser," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
"Veni Cito," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
"St. Clement," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
"St. Finbar," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
"St. Matthias," MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

Meter: 88 88 88

1. O quickly come, dread Judge of all,
For, awful though thine advent be;
All shadows from the truth will fall,
And falsehood die, in sight of thee.
O quickly come, for doubt and fear
Like clouds dissolve when thou art near.

2. O quickly come, great King of all;
Reign all around us, and within;
Let sin no more our souls enthrall,
Let pain and sorrow die with sin.
O quickly come, for thou alone
Canst make thy scattered people one.

3. O quickly come, true Life of all;
For death is mighty all around;
On every home his shadows fall,
On every heart his mark is found.
O quickly come, for grief and pain
Can never cloud thy glorious reign.

4. O quickly come, sure Light of all
For gloomy night broods o'er our way;
And weakly souls begin to fall
With weary watching for the day.
O quickly come, for round thy throne
No eye is blind, no night is known.

Sheet Music "Vater Unser," Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1539, from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #121.


Like Crown Him With Many Crowns and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, this hymn calls upon Christ by some of his titles, requesting his intercession. See also The O Antiphons.

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