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William O. Cushing, hymnwriter

Why do old photos look so scary?

This is actually a nice man: pastor, generous giver and hymnwriter. In the nineteenth century, when $1,000 was a lot of money, William O. Cushing gave his entire life savings to pay for the education of a blind girl.

One of his earliest hymns was the song, “When He Cometh,” which compared Christians to jewels whom Christ would gather when he came.

William Orcutt Cushing was born in 1823. By reading scripture for himself as a teenager, he became a believer. At eighteen he was convinced the Lord wanted him to become a minister.

When He Cometh~ hymn based on Zechariah 9:16-17

On that day the Lord their God will save them,
    as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
    they shall shine on his land.
 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!

When He Cometh

When He cometh, when He cometh, To make up His jewels,

All His jewels, precious jewels,

His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Source material from here.

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