Scripture Verse

When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Matthew 25:31–33

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Jer­vis, A Col­lec­tion of Hymns & Psalms for Pub­lic & Pri­vate Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1795), fourth edi­tion, num­ber 634.

Music: Hil­ki­ah Lo­well Ma­son, The Mo­dern Psalm­ist (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1839), page 61 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Jer­vis (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

That so­lemn day will soon ar­rive,
Th’important, the de­ci­sive day,
When, from death’s aw­ful slum­ber roused,
God’s dread com­mand all must ob­ey.

Deep thun­ders ush­er in the morn,
And through the heav’ns tre­men­dous roll:
The wide ex­panse is all on fire,
While light­nings blaze from pole to pole.

In glo­ry, see! the Judge des­cends,
Arrayed in ma­jes­ty and might;
Attended by ten thou­sand saints,
And angels of ce­les­ti­al light.

The trum­pet’s loud and dread­ful blast
Sounds through the re­gions of the dead:
With ter­ror some, and some with joy,
Rise from the dust, their low­ly bed.

All right­eous and eter­nal Judge!
When sum­moned at Thy bar to stand,
May we, ac­quit­ted and app­roved,
Be crowned with bliss at Thy right hand.