Scripture Verse

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3:19

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Pre­pa­ra­tion for Death 1772.

Music: Ster­ling Ralph Har­ris­on, 1786 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Har­ris­on (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Tremendous God, with humble fear,
Prostrate before Thy awful throne,
The irrevocable word we hear,
The sovereign righteousness we own.

’Tis fit we should to dust return
Since such the will of the Most High;
In sin conceived, to trouble born,
Born only to lament and die.

Submissive to Thy just decree,
We all shall soon from earth remove;
But when Thou sendest, Lord, for me,
O let the messenger be love!

Whisper Thy love into my heart,
Warn me of my approaching end;
And then I joyfully depart,
And then I to Thy arms ascend.