Scripture Verse

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10


Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mo­ral on Va­ri­ous Sub­jects (Bris­tol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 236.

Music: Spires from Geist­liche Lied­er, by Jo­seph Klug, 1543. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Need­ham (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)


The day, the so­lemn day shall come,
The long de­lay­éd day of doom;
The hour when God shall aw­ful rise,
And fears a guil­ty world sur­prise.

Heaven’s great­est light, the glo­ri­ous sun,
No more his wont­ed course shall run;
No more di­vide the va­ried year,
Obliged to quit his lof­ty sphere.

The moon, and stars ex­ting­uished quite,
No more shall rule the si­lent night;
Nor sil­ver pla­nets long­er run
In dance har­mo­ni­ous round the sun.

No soon­er shall th’Al­migh­ty call
But flames shall seize this earth­ly ball;
And heav’n’s high frame with­out delay
With hi­deous crash shall pass away.

Their seats the fright­ed mount­ains quit,
The shrink­ing seas their shores for­get;
In ra­pid streams of min­gled fire
The shift­ing el­ements ex­pire.

These awf­ul scenes my soul bring near,
For this tre­men­dous day pre­pare;
How just, how ho­ly must thou be
If thou with joy this day wouldst see?