Scripture Verse

God has appointed Jesus to judge the living and the dead. Acts 10:42

Introduction

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John Berridge
(1716–1793)

Words: John Ber­ridge, Si­on’s Songs (Lon­don: Vall­ance & Con­der, 1785), num­ber 65.

Music: Ab­er Will­iam H. Monk, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Monk
(1823–1889)

Lyrics

Let wanton men beware,
How Jesus they despise;
In awful pomp He will appear,
Descending from the skies!

His trumpet will proclaim
The Judge, the Judge is near!
And earth will melt with fervent flame
And seas dry up with fear!

A shouting heavenly host
Around Him will be ranged;
The dead will hear and start up first
And then the quick be changed.

Ye wise and favored few,
Who lodge at mercy’s gate,
Oh, keep the Savior well in view,
And for His coming wait.

And hear, ye foolish men,
Who talk with impious breath,
And glory in a life unclean:
Such mirth will end in death.

Your bitter sad remorse
No tongue can truly tell,
If Jesus once pronounce His curse,
And sink you down to hell.

Oh, thoughtless men, be wise,
Before it be too late,
From sleep awake, from sin arise,
And knock at mercy’s gate.