Scripture Verse

Hurry and take refuge there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there. For this reason the town was named Zoar. Genesis 19:22


Charles Wesley

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns Oc­ca­sioned by the Earth­quake, March 8, 1750, Part 2 (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1750), num­ber 3.

Music: Lu­sa­tia Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen, 1704 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Johann A. Freylinghausen


Father, and God of Abraham, hear,
Who didst in faithful mercy send
A kind celestial messenger,
To save the brother of Thy friend,
While vengeance on the wicked came,
Snatched as a brand out of the flame;

Hear us, who now for mercy call,
Us, who in Abraham’s footsteps go,
Before Thy lifted thunder fall,
Before Thy wrath our land o’erthrow,
Like Sodom and Gomorrah make,
And plunge us in the burning lake.

With kind distinguishing regard
Preserve the poor afflicted few,
Who watch for all events prepared,
With gushing eyes the wicked view,
Vexed with their deeds, while day by day,
We weep our pensive lives away.

Remember, Lord, the righteous man,
And us, and ours, far off remove,
Exempted from judicial pain,
Conducted to the mount above,
O let us to our Zoar fly,
And find a place of refuge nigh.

Thou never canst Thy foes consume,
Unless Thou first secure Thy friends,
Thy friends retard th’ impending doom,
And lo! The judgment still impends,
Till all who will, escape, and rest
Close sheltered in their Savior’s breast.