And is the time approaching, By prophets long foretold, When all shall dwell together, One Shepherd and one fold? Shall every idol perish, To moles and bats be thrown, And every prayer be offered To God in Christ alone?
Shall Jew and Gentile, meeting From many a distant shore, Around one altar kneeling, One common Lord adore? Shall all that now divides us Remove, and pass away Like shadows of the morning Before the blaze of day?
Shall all that now unites us More sweet and lasting prove, A closer bond of union In a blest land of love? Shall war be learned no longer, Shall strife and tumult cease; All earth His blessèd kingdom, The Lord and Prince of Peace?
O long expected dawning, Come with Thy cheering ray; When shall the morning brighten, The shadows flee away? O sweet anticipation! It cheers the watchers on To pray, and hope, and labor, Till the dark night be gone.
Behold, what light rolls back the sky? What fear and trepidation! The trumpets blast a vict’ry cry For ransomed congregations. And leading them, their sovereign head, Is Christ the judge of quick and dead, Demanding exultation.
No doubt or atheistic thought Shall then deny God’s power. Those who against his gospel fought Shall wail and gnash and cower. For those who claim they could not know, Creation’s witness here below Condemns them in that hour.
The spirit-called and blood-redeemed Shall have full vindication, Enjoying God with bliss undreamed In holy consummation. And those that sleep in Christ, who rise With flesh made new before their eyes, Receive glorification.
Then let our voice erupt in song In prayer for His returning. Be pleased, Lord, not to tarry long To end creation’s yearning. Acquitted at your judgement seat, We’ll cast our crowns before your feet— Not ours but Christ’s the earning.