Scripture Verse

The Lord Jesus Christ…shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:1


Words: Bar­tho­lo­mäus Ring­waldt, cir­ca 1565 (Es ist ge­wiss­lich an der Zeit). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Phi­lip A. Pe­ter, 1872, alt.

Music: Du Lif­vets Bröd Pe­ter Sohr­en, 1668 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


The day is sure­ly draw­ing near,
When God’s Son, the An­oint­ed,
Shall with great ma­jes­ty appear,
As Judge of all ap­point­ed.
All mirth and laught­er then shall cease
When flames on flames will still in­crease,
As Scrip­ture tru­ly teach­eth.

A trum­pet loud shall then re­sound,
And all the earth be shak­en;
Then all who in their graves are found
Shall from their sleep awak­en.
But all that live shall in that hour,
By the Al­migh­ty’s bound­less pow­er
Be changed at His com­mand­ing.

A book is op­ened then to all,
A re­cord tru­ly tell­ing
What each hath done, both great and small,
When he on earth was dwell­ing;
And ev­ery heart be clear­ly seen,
And all be known as they have been,
In thoughts and words and act­ions.

Then woe to those who scorned the Lord,
And sought but car­nal plea­sures,
Who here des­pised His pre­cious Word,
And loved their earth­ly trea­sures!
With shame and trem­bling they will stand,
And at the Judge’s stern com­mand
To Sa­tan be de­liv­ered.

O Je­sus, who my debt didst pay
And for my sin wast smit­ten
Within the Book of Life, oh, may
My name be al­so writ­ten!
I will not doubt; I trust in Thee,
From Sa­tan Thou hast made me free
And from all con­dem­na­tion.

Therefore, my in­ter­cess­or be,
And for Thy blood and mer­it
Declare my name from judg­ment free,
With all who life in­her­it;
That I may see Thee face to face
With all thy saints in that blest place
Which Thou for us hast pur­chased.

O Je­sus Christ, do not de­lay,
O hast­en our sal­va­tion!
We oft­en trem­ble on our way
In fear and tri­bu­la­tion.
Then hear us when we cry to Thee;
Come, migh­ty Judge, and make us free
From ev­ery ev­il.