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Hark! 'tis the trumpet's sound
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Hark! 'tis the trumpet's sound.

"For the trumpet shall sound." (1 Corinthians 15,52)

1. Hark! 'tis the trumpet's sound;
  it closes earthly things;
it echoes all around,
  and great the news it brings: –
    it tells that Jesus is at hand,
    and bids the world before him stand.

2. The sound is heard afar,
  it goes through sea and land;
and now, before his bar,
  th' assembled nations stand:
    his friends are mingled with his foes,
    but who are his, the Saviour knows.

3. And now he calls his own
  to dwell with him above;
to sit upon his throne,
  and share his endless love:
    with joy they meet him in the clouds,
    and mix with heav'n's exulting crowds.

4. But oh! what storms await
  the trembling crowds below!
Their pleas are now too late;
  this is the time of woe:
    the Judge decrees their final doom;
    their portion is "the wrath to come".

5. O that, in that great day,
  we may with those appear,
to whom the Lord will say,
  "Ye blessed, now come near;
    to you eternal life is giv'n;
    the glory and the joy of heav'n."

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 66.

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