Firstpublished:1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 85-86 Description: A folk hymn (see Jackson 1953b, no. 109). Words by an unknown author, before 1803, in ten stanzas. Ingalls used the first two stanzas in his composition.
Original text and translations
1. Come ye that love the Lord indeed,
Who are from sin and bondage freed,
Submit to all the ways of God,
And walk that narrow happy road.
2. Great tribulation you shall meet,
But soon shall walk the golden street;
Tho' hell may rage and vent her spite,
Yet Christ will save his heart's delight.
3. That happy day will soon appear,
When Gabriel's trumpet you shall hear,
Sound through the earth, yea down to hell,
To call the nations great and small.
4. Behold the earth in burning flames,
The trumpet louder still proclaims;
The earth must hear and know her doom,
The separation day is come.
5. Behold the righteous marching home,
And all the angels bid them come,
When Christ himself these words proclaims,
Here come my saints, I know their names.
6. Ye everlasting gates fly wide,
Make ready to receive my bride;
Ye harps of heaven now sound aloud,
Here comes the purchase of my blood!
7. In grandeur see the royal line,
In glittering robes the sun outshine;
See saints and angels join in one,
And march in splendor to the throne.
8. They stand in wonder and look on,
They join in one eternal song,
Their great Redeemer to admire,
While rapture sets their souls on fire.
9. They've fought the fight, the race is run,
Their joys are now in heaven begun,
Their tears are gone, their sorrows flee,
No more afflicted now like me.
10. Here I am now in prison bound,
And trials wait me all around,
O would'st thou Lord now burst the chain,
How I would join to praise thy name.