Scripture Verse

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14

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 343: The im­port­ance of be­ing pre­pared for Christ’s sec­ond ap­pear­ing.

Music: Hun­nys, mel­ody from Se­ven Sobs of a Sor­row­ful Soul, 1585 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Behold, I come, the Sav­ior cries,
“With wingèd speed I come;
My voice shall call your souls away
To their eter­nal home.

“Awake, ye sons of sloth, awake;
Your vain amusements cease;
And strive with your united powers,
That ye be found in peace.

“Seize the blest hour with ardent haste,
Nor slight this peaceful word,
Lest your affrighted souls in vain
Fly from My flaming sword.

Happy the man, whose rea­dy heart
Obeys the sacred call;
And shelters in My covenant grace
His ev­er­last­ing all.

Blest Je­sus, whose all searching eye
My inmost powers can see,
Dost Thou not know my willing soul
Has lodged that all with Thee?

These eager eyes Thy signal wait;
My dear Re­deem­er, come;
I rove a weary pilgrim here,
And long to be at home.