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Lo! what a glorious sight appears
The title of this carol is found in the index of a manuscript of carols that formerly belonged to Joseph Willcox (b.1823), of Coombe Keynes, Dorset and dating from the 1830s or 1840s. The text was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) and published in Hymns and Sacred Songs (1707). I have been unable to locate a tune for the text.

Lo! what a glorious sight appears
To our believing eyes!
The earth and sea are passed away,
And the old rolling skies.

From the third heaven, where God resides,
That holy, happy place,
The new Jerusalem comes down,
Adorned with shining grace.

Attending angels shout for joy,
And the bright armies sing —
“Mortals, behold the sacred seat
Of your descending King.

“The God of glory down to men
Removes his blest abode;
Men, the dear objects of his grace,
And he the loving God.

“His own soft hand shall wipe the tears
From every weeping eye,
And pains, and groans, and griefs, and fears,
And death itself, shall die.”

How long, dear Savior! O how long
Shall this bright hour delay?
Fly swifter round, ye wheels of time,
And bring the welcome day.

The village of Coombe Keynes, near Wareham, Dorset. Image © copyright John Lamper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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