When He Cometh (S.A.S.B. 558), written by William O. Cushing, was originally published as part of a collection of Sunday School songs in 1870. The text is based on Malachi 3:16-17. While many might consider it to be a song for children, the text is still relevant today and applies to each one of us. We are all loved by Him and we are all His treasures. As believers, we look forward with anticipated hope to His return and the reward for our service in His name.
1. When He cometh, when He cometh 2. He will gather, He will gather
To make up His jewels, The gems for His Kingdom;
All His jewels, precious jewels All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own; His loved and His own.
Like the stars of the morning, 3. Little children, little children
His bright crown adorning, Who love their redeemer
They shall shine in their beauty Are His jewels, precious jewels,
Bright gems for His crown. His loved and His own.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dr. Jonathan Rowsell received his earliest musical training from his father David and the brass band traditions of the Salvation Army. He studied both Tuba performance and composition at Memorial University of Newfoundland and graduated in 2018 from the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Musical Arts. Jonathan is a proud Eastman Performing Artist and works as a freelance Tuba player throughout Ontario, performing with various groups including Trillium Brass Quintet, Hannaford Street Silver Band, London Symphonia, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and the Stratford Festival.
Jonathan is in demand as a brass clinician and teacher. He teaches brass at St. Michael’s College School, Memorial University and Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. In addition, Jonathan is an enthusiastic composer and arranger and has had his works for brass performed and recorded in Canada and abroad. You can find his published music in SP&S, Maple Leaf Brass, Experianza Music, Cimarron Music Press and Brookwright Music.
Jonathan attends London Citadel where he plays in the London Citadel Band, Praise Team and leads the Junior Band.