Scripture Verse

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 797, alt. Sin­ners and Saints.

Music: Eton Col­lege Jo­seph Barn­by, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)


Lo, the right­eous Judge des­cend­ing,
In full glo­ry through the sky,
Suns and stars have veiled their splen­dor,
While their king is pass­ing by:
Now His sig­nal
Tells us that the judg­ment’s nigh.

Bands ce­les­ti­al all around Him,
Bow obe­di­ent to His word;
Hear arch­an­gel sound the trum­pet,
See the dead to life re­stored;
In a mo­ment,
They as­cend to meet their Lord.

Gather all My saints, ye an­gels,
Who were made your spe­cial care;
Fly to earth’s re­mot­est re­gions,
Bring My ran­somed child­ren near;
That to glo­ry
They may all with Me re­pair.

But the sin­ner, then con­found­ed,
Will with awe the Judge sur­vey,
Hear his dread­ful doom an­nounc­èd,
And re­tire in deep dis­may;
Self con­vict­ed,
To the death­less worm a prey.