Scripture Verse

Enter not into judgment with Thy servant, for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm 143:2


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: Theo­dore of the Stu­di­um, 826 (Τὴν ἡμ­έρ­αν τὴν φριχ­τὴν τῆς). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the East­ern Church, 1862.

Music: Sex­a­ge­si­ma Her­mann R. Schroe­der, in Great Hymns of the Church Com­piled by the Late Right Re­ver­end John Free­man Young, by John H. Hop­kins (New York: James Pott, 1887), num­ber 50 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Schroe­der or Theo­dore of the Stu­di­um (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


That fear­ful day, that day of speech­less dread,
When Thou shalt come to judge the quick and dead—
I shud­der to fore­see,
O God! what then shall be!

When Thou shalt come, an­gel­ic le­gions round,
With thou­sand thou­sands, and with trum­pet sound,
Christ, grant me in the air
With saints to meet Thee there!

Weep, O my soul, ere that great hour and day,
When God shall shine in ma­ni­fest ar­ray,
Thy sin, that thou may’st be
In that strict judg­ment free!

The ter­ror! Hell-fire fierce and un­suf­ficed:
The bit­ter worm: the gnash­ing teeth—O Christ,
Forgive, re­mit, pro­tect;
And set me with the elect!

That I may hear the bless­èd voice that calls
The right­eous to the joy of hea­ven­ly halls.
And, King of Hea­ven, may reach
The realm that pass­eth speech!

Enter Thou not in judg­ment with each deed,
Nor each in­tent and thought in strict­ness read:
Forgive, and save me then,
O Thou That lov­est men!

Thee, One in Three blest Per­sons! Lord o’er all!
Essence of es­sence, Power of pow­er we call:
Save us, O Fa­ther, Son,
And Spi­rit, ev­er one!