Scripture Verse

Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 62. Made in a great sud­den storm of thun­der, August 20, 1697.

Music: Aw­ful Ma­jes­ty at­trib­ut­ed to McFarland in The Beau­ties of Har­mo­ny, by Free­man Lew­is, 1813; at­trib­ut­ed to Free­man Lew­is in Supplement to the Ken­tuc­ky Har­mo­ny, by An­an­i­as Da­vis­son, 1820 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Sing to the Lord, ye heav’nly hosts,
And thou, O earth, adore;
Let death and hell through all their coasts
Stand trembling at His power.

His sounding chariot shakes the sky,
He makes the clouds His throne;
There all His stores of lightning lie,
Till vengeance darts them down.

His nostrils breathe out fiery streams
And from His awful tongue
A sovereign voice divides the flames,
And thunder roars along.

Think, O my soul! the dreadful day,
When this incensèd God
Shall rend the sky, and burn the sea,
And fling His wrath abroad.

What shall the wretch, the sinner do?
He once defied the Lord;
But he shall dread the Thunderer now,
And sink beneath His Word.

Tempests of angry fire shall roll
To blast the rebel worm,
And beat upon his naked soul
In one eternal storm.