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


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.