Scripture Verse

The judge stands before the door. James 5:9

Introduction

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

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.