Scripture Verse

Prepare to meet thy God. Amos 4:12


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795), alt. Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by R. Hall (Lon­don: Bur­ton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 792, alt. Pre­pare to meet thy God.

Music: Hil­ki­ah Lo­well Ma­son, The Mo­dern Psalm­ist (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1839), page 61 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)


Lo, Je­sus spreads abroad His wrath,
And ven­geance sits up­on His brow;
Now trem­ble, rul­ers of the earth,
And at His feet ye na­tions bow.

Now lift your sup­pli­ant hands; no more
Against un­eq­ual strength re­bel;
Fierce and re­sist­less is His pow­er,
Which an­gels dread and de­vils feel.

With true re­pen­tance seek His face,
Love and adore th’ in­car­nate God;
Those sin­ners who re­fuse His grace
Shall sink be­neath His ir­on rod.

Soon shall that dread­ful day ap­pear,
When He will fix your fi­nal doom;
Oh seek for mer­cy now with care,
Before that aw­ful mo­ment come.