Scripture Verse

I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:12

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in the Sun­day School Hymn Book (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­er­i­can Sun­day School Un­ion, 1827), 19th ed­i­tion, num­ber 132.

Music: St. Bride Sam­u­el How­ard, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or How­ard, would you ?

Lyrics

A dread and solemn hour
To us is drawing near;
When we before the throne of God
All present shall appear.

What answer shall we give,
When God Himself demands
The uses of such times as these,
In judgment at our hands?

And must we then confess
That all was spent in vain
The seasons that were once our own,
But cannot be again?

This will be dark indeed;
To regions of despair
Our own neglect will sink us down,
To mourn forever there.