The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thou Art Coming, O My Saviour!

For Advent

Words: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), 1873

Music: "Beverly," William H. Monk, 1875
Meter: Irregular

1. Thou art coming, O my Saviour!
Thou art coming, O my King!
In thy beauty all resplendent,
In thy glory all transcendent;1
Well may we rejoice and sing;
Coming: in the opening east
Herald brightness slowly swells;
Coming: O thou2 glorious Priest!
Hear we not Thy golden bells?

2. Thou art coming, Thou art coming;
We shall meet thee on thy way;
We shall see Thee, we shall know Thee,
We shall bless Thee, we shall show Thee
All our hearts could never say;
What an anthem that will be,
Music rapturously sweet,
Pouring3 out our love to Thee
At Thine own all-glorious feet.

3. Thou art coming; at Thy table
We are witnesses for this;
While remembering hearts Thou meetest
In communion clearest, sweetest,
Earnest of our coming bliss;
Showing not Thy death alone,
And Thy love exceeding great,
But Thy coming, and Thy throne,
All for which we long and wait.

4. Thou art coming, we are waiting
With a hope that cannot fail;
Asking not the day or hour,
Resting on Thy word of power,
Anchored safe within the veil.
Time appointed may be long,
But the vision must be sure;
Certainty shall make us strong,
Joyful patience can endure.

5. O the joy to see Thee reigning,
Thee, our4 own beloved Lord!
Every tongue Thy Name confessing,
Worship, honour, glory, blessing
Brought to Thee with one5 accord;
Thee, our6 Master and our6 Friend,
Vindicated and enthroned,
Unto earth's remotest end
Glorified, adored, and owned! Amen.


1. Or: resplendent. Return

2. Or: my. Return

3. Or: Ringing. Return

4. Or: my. Return

5. Or: glad. Return

6. Or: my. Return

Sheet Music from  The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926, #11

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