This is the first known version of what was to become the hymn 'Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending' by Charles Wesley. It was first published in A Collection of Sacred Hymns, Dublin, 1752, which is believed to be largely the work of Cennick, who was living and preaching in Ireland at that time. The Moravian devotional emphasis on the wounds of Christ was muted by Wesley in his version.
“Lo! He cometh, countless Trumpets”
Lo! He cometh, countless Trumpets, Blow before his bloody Sign! ‘Midst ten Thousand Saints and Angels, See the Crucified shine, Allelujah! Welcome, welcome bleeding Lamb!
Now his Merits by the Harpers, Thro’ the eternal Deeps resounds! Now resplendent shine his Nail Prints, Ev’ry Eye shall see his Wounds! They who pierc’d Him, shall at his appearing wail.
Ev’ry Island, Sea, and Mountain, Heav’n and Earth shall flee away! All who hate him must ashamed, Hear the Trump proclaim the Day: Come to Judgement! Stand before the Son of Man!
All who love him view his Glory Shining in his bruised Face: His dear Person on the Rainbow, Now his Peoples Heads shall raise: Happy Mourners! Now on Clouds he comes! He comes!
Now Redemption long expected, See, in solemn Pomp appear; All his People, once despised, Now shall meet him in the Air: Allelujah! Now the promis’d Kingdom’s come!
View him smiling, now determin’d, Ev’ry Evil to destroy! All the nations now shall sing him, Songs of everlasting Joy! O come quickly! Allelujah! Come Lord, come!