Scripture Verse

While he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Genesis 19:16–17

Introduction

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished in his post­hu­mous Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bur­ton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 333.

Music: York. Me­lo­dy from the Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615. Har­mo­ny by John Mil­ton (1562–1647) (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
The Destruction of Sodom
Gustave Doré
1832–1883

Lyrics

This world is all enchanted ground,
O whither shall I fly?
The vengeful flames are kindling round,
And if I stop, I die.

When some kind hand has brought me forth,
How lingering is my pace!
Lord, either drive me by Thy wrath,
Or draw me by Thy grace.

O let me not a moment waste,
On this destructive plain;
Hence let me flee with greater haste,
Till I the Zoar gain.