Scripture Verse

How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood? Revelation 6:10

Introduction

Words: John Need­ham (?–cir­ca 1786). The mys­te­ries of pro­vi­dence to be solved here­af­ter.

Music: De­us Tu­or­um Mil­i­tum Gren­o­ble An­ti­phon­er, 1753 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

The heart dejected sighs to know,
Why vice triumphant reigns below;
Why saints have fall’n in every age,
The victims of tyrannic rage.

Fast roll successive years away;
Fast hastens on th’important day,
When, to th’astonished world’s surprise,
God’s high tribunal shall arise.

Hark! ’tis the trumpet’s piercing sound;
The rising dead assemble round;
In close procession, see, they come,
Each to receive his final doom.

Lo! there, a vile, degenerate race;
Pale terror sits on every face:
Here, on the right, a joyful band,
The sons of suffering virtue stand.

The sentence passed, lo! these arise
To bliss and glory in the skies:
While those, who once stood high in fame,
Sink to contempt and lasting shame.

Thus shall God’s government appear
Without a shade, divinely fair;
And blushing doubt with joy confess,
The Lord’s a God of righteousness.