Christ My Song - 1363
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.