Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.@Psalm 2:12

Joseph Hart, Hymns Composed on Various Subjects 1822, number 156, alt.

Cannons adapted from George F. Handel, circa 1750 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Handel (1685-1759)

Awake, ye sleeping souls, awake,
And hear the God of Israel speak;
His word is faithful, firm and true,
Sinners, attend, He speaks to you.

Mercy and vengeance in Me dwell,
One lifts to Heav’n, one casts to hell;
My favor’s more than life, My wrath
Will burn beyond the bounds of death.

Short is the space, and death must come,
And after death the day of doom,
When quick and dead the Judge shall call,
And deal their due deserts to all.

Fixed in their everlasting state,
Could men repent, ’twere then too late;
Justice has bolted mercy’s door,
And God’s long suffering is no more.

’Tis now the Gospel message sent
Commands repentance—now repent;
Wisely be warned to refuge run,
Obey the Father, kiss the Son.

In Christ receive the gift of God,
Complete redemption thro’ His blood:
Mercy triumphant, sin forgiv’n,
And everlasting life in Heav’n.