Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Matthew 25:34, 41
Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 187:
The final sentence, and happiness of the righteous.
Attend, mine ear, my heart rejoice;
While Jesus from His throne,
Begirt with all th’angelic hosts,
Makes His last sentence known.
When sinners cursèd from His face
To raging flames are driv’n,
His voice, with melody divine,
Thus calls His saints to Heav’n.
“Blest of My Father, all draw near,
Receive the large reward;
And rise with raptures to possess
The kingdom Love prepared.
“Ere earth’s foundations first were laid,
This sovereign purpose wrought,
And reared those palaces divine,
To which you now are brought.
There shall you reign unnumbered years,
Protected by My power,
While sin and hell, and pains and cares
Shall vex your souls no more.
Come, dear majestic Savior, come,
This jubilee proclaim,
And teach us accents fit to praise
So great, so dear a name.