Scripture Verse

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. Matthew 25:41

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

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 189: The fi­nal sen­tence, and mis­e­ry of the wick­ed.

Music: South­well (Da­man) Will­iam Da­man, Psalmes of Da­vid in Eng­lish Me­ter 1579 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Fall of the Rebel Angels
Sebastiano Ricci
1659–1734

Lyrics

And will the Judge des­cend?
And must the dead arise?
And not a sin­gle soul es­cape
His all dis­cern­ing eyes?

And from His right­eous lips
Shall such a sen­tence sound?
And through the mill­ions of the damned
Spread black des­pair around?

Depart from Me, ac­curs­ed,
To ev­er­last­ing flame,
For re­bel an­gels first prepared,
Where mer­cy ne­ver came.

How will my heart en­dure
The ter­rors of that day,
When earth and Heav’n be­fore His face
Astonished, shrink away?

But ere that trum­pet shakes
The man­sions of the dead,
Hark, from the Gos­pel’s gen­tle voice
What joy­ful tid­ings spread!

Ye sin­ners, seek His grace,
Whose wrath ye can­not bear;
Fly to the shel­ter of His cross,
And find sal­va­tion there.

So shall that curse re­move
By which the Sav­ior bled,
And the last aw­ful day shall pour
His bless­ings on your head.