Scripture Verse

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27


Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 313: Death and judg­ment ap­point­ed to all.

Music: St. Anne Will­iam Croft, 1708 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Croft (1678–1727)


Heav’n has con­firmed the great de­cree,
That Ad­am’s race must die:
One ge­ne­ral ru­in sweeps them down,
And low in dust they lie.

Ye liv­ing men, the tomb sur­vey,
Where you must quick­ly dwell;
Hark how the awful sum­mons sounds
In ev­ery fu­ne­ral knell!

Once you must die, and once for all;
The so­lemn pur­port weigh;
For know, that Heav’n and Hell are hung
On that imp­ort­ant day.

Those eyes, so long in dark­ness veiled,
Must wake the Judge to see.
And ev­ery word, and ev­ery thought
Must pass His scru­ti­ny.

O may I in the Judge be­hold
My Sav­ior and my friend,
And far be­yond the reach of death
With all His saints as­cend.