We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10
Words: Paul B. Henkel, Church Hymn Book (New Market, Virginia: Solomon Henkel, 1816), number 231. 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 612.
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Remember, man, that awful day,
When all in judgment must appear,
When none can screen or flee away,
But stand, their sentence there to hear.
When all the nations of the earth,
Yea, all that are of Adam’s race,
From east and west, and south and north
Are called before their Judge’s face.
Impartial judgment then shall pass
Without indulgence or regard;
And every rank and every class,
Receive its just and due reward.
There no respect to man is paid,
But all must stand the solemn test:
The beggar and the crownèd head,
Must be for ever cursed or blessed.
Those sins and vices here concealed,
And hidden from the eyes of men,
Shall be to public view revealed,
With every blot and guilt and stain.
What dread will seize the guilty mind,
And what a burning hell within;
What horrors will those wretches find,
Who lived and died in willful sin.
Our minds impressed with such a thought,
Should fill our hearts with holy fear,
And this should never be forgot:
In judgment we must all appear.