This song is one of the not-sung-often. A shame--it is another Restoration hymn with a really fun tune to sing. Especially the soprano part! The text talks of the prophecies in ancient days that foretold of the Restoration--and it has now come forth!
From the history book
How did I never connect how closely related this hymn is to Hymn #11? The lyricist didn't like the Q&A format, so he revised that hymn, using actual phrases, and made the text assertions. All of verse 3, however, is his own verse. The lyricist was also an organist, and hr adapted an existing melody for this. He knew the 4 parts exceeded the reach of the hands, requiring the use of the pedal. Thank goodness my teacher didn't insist me trying that when I first did this hymn! Also, the lyricist wanted this song sung slowly and solemnly because "it is possible to be joyful in a solemn, dignified manner." Well, yes, but if I am singing I prefer not to be as solemn! Oh well, I will remember in future.