Scripture Verse

Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Matthew 3:7


William Cowper

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 8. The shin­ing light.

Music: Shaw­mut ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc)

Lowell Mason


My former hopes are dead,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.

Ah whither shall I fly?
I hear the thunder roar;
The law proclaims destruction nigh,
And vengeance at the door.

When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom;
But sure a friendly whisper says,
Flee from the wrath to come.

I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day that shines for me,
To save me from despair.

Forerunner of the sun,
It marks the pilgrim’s way;
I’ll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.