Scripture Verse

The kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains; and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. Revelation 6:15–16

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 2, num­ber 68. On the earth­quake [cen­tered in Swan­sea, Wales]. Sep­tem­ber 8, 1775.

Music: St. Mat­thew Will­iam Croft, 1708 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Croft
1678–1727

Lyrics

Although on mas­sy pil­lars built,
The earth has late­ly shook;
It trem­bled un­der all our guilt
[originally, Bri­tain’s guilt]
Before its mak­er’s look.

Swift as the shock amaze­ment spreads,
And sin­ners trem­ble too;
What flight can screen their guil­ty heads,
If earth it­self pur­sue.

But mer­cy spared us while it warned,
The shock is felt no more;
And mer­cy, now, al­as! is scorned
By sin­ners, as be­fore.

But if these warn­ings prove in vain,
Say, sin­ner, canst thou tell,
How soon the earth may quake again,
And op­en wide to hell.

Repent be­fore the Judge draws nigh;
Or else when He comes down,
Thou wilt in vain for earth­quakes cry,
To hide thee from His frown.

But hap­py they who love the Lord
And His sal­va­tion know;
The hope that’s found­ed on His Word,
No change can ov­er­throw.

Should the deep-root­ed hills be hurled,
And plunged be­neath the seas;
And strong con­vul­sions shake the world,
Your hearts may rest in peace.

Jesus, your shep­herd, Lord, and chief,
Shall shel­ter you from ill;
And not a worm or shak­ing leaf
Can move, but at His will.