Composer: Dan Kreider

Author: H.L. Turner, 1878; additional lyrics by Dan Kreider

“Christ Returns” is a triumphant anthem for mixed choir, rhythm band, and orchestra. The text is based on the 19th-century hymn “Christ Returneth” by H.L. Turner.

The orchestration is optional, but the rhythm band is recommended for the accompaniment.

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Verse 1
It may be at morning when day is awaking,
when sunlight through darkness and shadow is breaking,
that Jesus will come in the fullness of glory
to take from the world His own.

Verse 2
It may be midday, it may be at twilight;
it may be that suddenly the blackness of midnight
will burst into light in the blaze of His glory
when Jesus comes to take His own.

Chorus
O Lord Jesus, how long?
Till we shout the song:
“Christ returns! Hallelujah! Hallelujah, amen!”

Verse 3
While heaven cries, “Holy!” to earth He descends,
With saints all around Him, and those who endured to the end.
Their names on His brow, His Word on their hearts,
when Jesus comes to take His own.

Chorus

Bridge
O gladness of delight,
should He come before we die,
and we are caught away to live with Him.
But though our flesh may fail,
one day beyond the veil,
with new-made eyes we’ll see and live again!

Chorus