Scripture Verse

Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:25


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 212: The pre­sent and fu­ture state of the saint and sin­ner com­pared.

Music: Pen­te­cost (Boyd) Will­iam Boyd, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc). First pub­lished in Thir­ty-Two Hymn Tunes Com­posed by Mem­bers of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ox­ford, 1868.

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


In what con­fu­sion earth ap­pears!
God’s dear­est child­ren bathed in tears;
While they, who Heav’n it­self de­ride
Riot in lux­ury and pride.

But pa­tient let my soul at­tend,
And, ere I cen­sure, view the end:
That end how dif­fer­ent who can tell?
The wide ex­tremes of Heav’n and hell.

See the red flames around him twine,
Who did in gold and pur­ple shine!
Nor can his tongue one drop ob­tain
T’allay the scorch­ing of his pain.

While round the saint, so poor be­low,
Full ri­vers of sal­va­tion flow;
On Ab­ram’s breast he leans his head,
And ban­quets on ce­les­ti­al bread.

Jesus, my Sav­ior, let me share
The mean­est of Thy ser­vants’ fare:
May I at last ap­proach to taste
The bless­ings of Thy mar­riage feast.