Who can endure the day of His coming? And who will be able to stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s bleach.@Malachi 3:2

Ed­mund S. Lo­renz, 1891 (🔊 pdf nwc). Pub­lished in The Mas­ter’s Praise, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund Lo­renz & Is­ai­ah Balt­zell (Day­ton, Ohio: Will­iam J. Shu­ey, 1892), number 66. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as E. D. Mund, one of Lo­renz’ pseu­do­nyms.

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Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)

When the awful judgment day is breaking,
And the Judge shall sit upon His throne,
All the world will then appear,
Some in gladness, some in fear,
Waiting for the Lord to claim His own.

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Who shall be able then to stand?
Who shall be able then to stand?
At the Judge’s blest command,
At His right the righteous stand,
As they hear the welcome words,
Well done!

Years of sowing shall at length find harvest,
Passing joys yield everlasting pain;
But the righteous, sorely tried,
Shall be fully satisfied,
They eternal life shall now obtain.

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Oh, how blessèd in that day the righteous,
Cleansed in Jesus’ blood from every stain;
For the Judge they need not fear,
He is Savior, friend so dear;
Thro’ His love eternal life they gain.

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