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, alt. Sin­ners and Saints.

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

Alternate Tunes:

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 blest,
To man­sions of eter­nal rest.