Scripture Verse

Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Genesis 19:17

Introduction

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Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
John Martin, 1852

Words: Jar­ed B. Wa­ter­bu­ry, in the Chris­tian Lyre, by Jo­shua Leav­itt (New York: Jon­a­than Leav­itt, 1830), num­ber 141.

Music: Pro­vi­dence (Leach) in The Am­er­i­can Vo­cal­ist, ed­it­ed by Dan­i­el H. Mans­field (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Thomp­son, Bi­ge­low & Brown, 1849), page 107 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wa­ter­bu­ry (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

See Sodom wrapped in fire!
And hark, what piercing shrieks!
Those daring rebels now expire,
For God in justice speaks.

O sinner, mark thy fate;
Soon will the Judge appear;
And then thy cries will come too late;
Too late for God to hear.

Thy day of mercy gone,
The Spirit grieved away,
Thy cup, long filling, now o’erflown,
Demands the vengeful day.

Thy God, insulted, seems
To draw His glittering sword;
And o’er thy guilty head it gleams,
To vindicate His Word.

One only hope I see;
O, sinner, seize it now—
The blood that Jesus shed for thee—
No other hope hast thou.