Millennium (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-16)   CPDL #50152:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-06-16).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835 (the Alto part was originally in seven-shape format). Words from The Zion Songster. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Millennium
First Line: The time is soon coming by the prophets foretold
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 13 12. 12 12

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 75, for three voices: Treble, Tenor, and Bass; Alto added by William Walker in his Christian Harmony, 1867.

Description: Words by an unknown author, before 1818, usually eight stanzas; the meter is somewhat irregular, with 12 to 14 syllables per line.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Choice Selection of Hymns, Windsor, VT, 1836

1. The time soon is coming by the prophets foretold,
When Zion in purity the world will behold,
For Jesus’ pure testimony will gain the day,
Denomination selfishness will vanish away.

2. Twill then he discovered who for Jesus will be,
And who are in Babylon the saints then will see,
The line of division then will fully be known,
Between the pure kingdom and defiled Babylon.

3. What beauty the church will then put on the light,
All governed by Jesus Christ, who always leads right,
No spot on her countenance in that glorious day.
Unnecessary ceremonies vanish away.

4. Led on by the comforter, what sweet will be found,
What peace, and what harmony and love will abound,
Losing time, things for Jesus will be counted all joy,
And helping each other a delightsome employ.

5. The watchmen lift up their voices then all as one,
East, west, north and southward, to and fro they will run;
In the spirit’s pure testimony preach up the cross,
And mystery Babylon must suffer the loss.

6. But O! what a storm of persecution will rage,
In the cause of old Babylon too many engage,
Beholding their loss, and thus beginning to sink,
They’ll hope to obstruct the light from spreading, I think.

7. But truth cuts its way, and love will melt down its foes,
The pure word of God will conquer all who oppose,
The church stand in purity, perfected in love,
In sight of her enemies she rises above,

8. Let all who wish to see millennium begin,
Come out and be separate from sinners and sin ;
As soon us the churches are redeemed from all sin,
The time called millennium will surely begin.

 

Zion Songster, 1850

1. The time is soon coming by the prophets foretold,
When Zion in purity the world shall behold;
When Jesus' pure testimony will gain the day
Denomination's selfishness will vanish away.

2. It will then be discovered who for Jesus will be,
And who are in Babylon the saints then will see;
The time of division then will fully be known,
Between the pure kingdom and defiled Babylon.

3. Led on by the comforter, what sweets will be found,
What peace, and what harmony, in love will abound,
Losing time things for Jesus, will be counted all joy,
And helping each other, a delightful employ.

4, What beauty will the churches then put on in his sight,
Being governed by Jesus Christ, who always does right,
No spots on her countenance, in that glorious day;
Unnecessary ceremonies vanish away.

5. The watchmen will then lift up their voices as one,
East, west, north, and south, to and fro they will run:
In the Spirit's pure testimony preach up the cross,
The mysteries of Babylon, will suffer the loss.

6. But O! what a storm of persecution will rage,
For the cause of old Babylon too many engage ;
For beholding their losses, and beginning to sink,
They hope to obstruct the light from shining I think.

7. But truth cuts its way, and love will melt down all foes,
The pure word of God will conquer all who oppose;
The church stands in purity, in peace, and in love,
In sight of her enemies she rises above.

8. Let all who would wish to see millennium begin,
Come out, and be separate from sinners and sin,
As soon as the churches are redeemed from sin,
The day of millennium will surely begin.