Scripture Verse

The King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed by My Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.…Then He will also say to those on the left, Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! Matthew 25:34,41


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 796. Sin­ners and Saints.

Music: Dar­wall’s 148th John Dar­wall, in The New Uni­vers­al Psal­mo­dist, by Aar­on Will­iams, 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Ye various tribes of men,
Behold a coming God,
In splendid state He rides,
And casts His wrath abroad:
Before His throne shall all appear,
And from His lips their sentence hear.

The rebels who defied
His justice and His power
Shall tremble when they see
The vengeful flames devour:
Distressed, undone, no friend they have
Their cause to plead, no one to save.

But those who love the Lord,
And make His name their trust,
The contrite and sincere,
The faithful and the just,
Shall hear Him say, Ascend ye blessed,
To mansions of eternal rest.