Scripture Verse

The judge stands before the door. James 5:9


Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mo­ral on Va­ri­ous Sub­jects (Bris­tol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 233.

Music: Wind­sor Chris­to­pher Tye, 1533; ar­ranged in the Booke of Mus­icke, by Will­iam Da­man, 1591 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • St. Ma­ry from Prys’ Welsh Psal­ter, 1621 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • The Waits’ Song Eng­lish tra­di­tion­al (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Need­ham or Tye (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


He’ll come, the Judge will surel­y come,
Ye atheists mock no more;
His chariot wheels are hast­en­ing on,
The Judge is at the door.

Swift glide the streams of time along
To bring the awful day;
Each flying hour with­draw­ing says
The Judge will not de­lay.

See where the mighty an­gel stands,
Embracing sea and shore;
To Hea­ven he lifts his hand, and swears
That time shall be no more.

He swears—behold, the Judge des­cends
His office to com­plete;
The tribes of Ad­am tremb­ling stand
Before the judg­ment seat.

Prepare, my soul, to meet thy judge,
Thy life through­out sur­vey;
From evil cease, and learn the good
If Thou wouldst stand that day.

Washed in Thy Sav­ior’s blood thy robes
Shall be both clean and white;
A holy soul can view its judge,
And triumph in the sight.