The Lord will come and not be slow (Anonymous)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with harmony and underlaid words in the version published in The Hymnal 1982.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: The Lord will come and not be slow
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: York
Lyricist: John Milton
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
Description: Melody from The CL Psalmes of David, 1615, adapted in The Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1621; harmony by John Milton the elder. A descant to the hymn can be found here.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The Lord will come and not be slow,
his footsteps cannot err;
before him righteousness shall go,
his royal harbinger.

Truth from the earth, like to a flower,
shall bud and blossom show;
and justice, from her heavenly bower,
look down on us below.

Rise, God, judge thou the earth in might,
this wicked earth redress;
for thou art he who shalt by right
the nations all possess.

The nations all whom thou hast made
shall come, and all shall frame
to bow them low before thee, Lord,
and glorify thy Name.

For great thou art, and wonders great
by thy strong hand are done:
thou in thy everlasting seat
remainest God alone.