Scripture Verse

God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14


Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mor­al on Var­i­ous Sub­jects (Bris­tol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 231.

Music: Dib­din, from the Stand­ard Psalm Tune-Book, 1852. At­trib­ut­ed there­in to Dr. Jack­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Jack­son’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Need­ham, would you ?


Mortals, give ear, the awful day,
The last, the great assize,
Advances swift as minutes fly
The guilty to surprise.

That eye which sees thro’ darkest shades
Of secrecy and night;
That ear which every whisper hears
Shall bring each deed to light.

How will the guilty trembling stand
To see their sins revealed?
And all their thoughts made public then
Which lay before concealed.

Horror and anguish seize their souls,
Despoiled of each disguise:
Despair now racks their guilty breasts,
And hope for ever dies.

Not so the righteous—they shall stand,
Nor vengeance them affright:
The Judge who goodness loves will bring
Their secret good to light.

Blushing with joy, the saint shall hear
Each pious deed proclaimed;
And see his name with honor shine
By malice once defamed.

Thus by an interposing sphere
The sun is veiled in night,
But soon he shows his face with all
The majesty of light.