Scripture Verse

When the Son of man shall come…before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Matthew 25:31–33

Introduction

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Paul B. Henkel
1754–1825

Words: Paul B. Hen­kel, Church Hymn Book (New Mar­ket, Vir­gin­ia: So­lo­mon Hen­kel, 1816), num­ber 232. Note: The 1816 ed­i­tion of this hym­nal does not name the au­thor. Paul Hen­kel’s son, Am­brose Hen­kel, iden­ti­fies his fa­ther as the au­thor by a dou­ble dag­ger symb­ol (‡) in the 1838 ed­i­tion, num­ber 613.

Music: Song 20 (Gib­bons) Or­lan­do Gib­bons (1583–1625) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Orlando Gibbons
1583–1625

Lyrics

Must I in judgment stand?
Before my Lord appear;
Shall I appear at His right hand?
Or sentenced to despair?

Will then my Savior say:
Come, join the heav’nly hosts?
Or must I then be driv’n away
To the infernal coasts?

O what will be my state,
When I from hence shall flee?
O matters of the greatest weight,
To launch eternity!

It strikes an awful gloom,
Far more than I can tell,
When I think on the life to come,
And where I am to dwell.

To hear the trumpet sound,
And see the flaming skies,
And my great Judge in glory crowned,
What fears will then arise!

O how shall I appear,
In that tremendous day?
When I my Judge’s voice shall hear:
Say, Come, or Go away.

O Savior, hear my prayer;
Such witness grant to me:
Make me assured, when I appear,
That I shall go with Thee.