Hail the Day So Long Expected

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1841

Hymn 284
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1. Hail the day so long expected,
Hail the year of full release,
Zion's walls are now erected,
And the watchmen live in peace
From the distant courts of Zion,
The shrill trumpet loudly roars.

Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is fallen,
Babylon is fallen, to rise no more.

2. Hark, and hear the people crying,
See the city disappears;
Trade and traffic all are dying,
Lo! they sink to rise no more!
Merchants who have bought her traffic,
Crying from a distant shore.

3. All her merchants cry with wonder,
What is this that comes to pass?
Murmuring like some distant thunder;
Crying, O! alas, alas!
Swell the sound, ye kings and nobles,
Priests and people, rich and poor—

4. Lo, the captives are returning,
Up to Zion see them fly;
While the heavenly host rejoices,
Shout them welcome through the sky
See the ancients of the city,
Terrified at the uproar—

5. Tune your harps, ye Heavenly choir,
Shout, ye followers of the Lamb:
See the city all on fire,
Clap your hands, and blow the flame.
Now's the day of compensation,
Hope of mercy now is o'er.