208. Great God, What Do I See and Hear

1 Great God, what do I see and hear?
The end of things created;
The judge of mankind shall appear
On clouds of glory seated.
The trumpet sounds; the graves restore
The dead which they contained before:
Prepare, my soul, to meet him!

2 The dead in Christ shall first arise
At that last trumpet's sounding,
Caught up to meet him in the skies,
With joy their Lord surrounding.
No gloomy fears their souls dismay;
His presence sheds eternal day
On those prepared to meet him.

3 But sinners filled with guilty fears
Behold his wrath prevailing,
For they shall rise and find their tears
And sighs are unavailing;
The day of grace is past and gone;
They trembling stand before his throne,
All unprepared to meet him.

4 O Christ, you died, and yet you live;
To me account your merit,
My pardon seal, my sins forgive,
And cleanse me by your Spirit.
Beneath your cross I view the day
When heav'n and earth shall pass away,
And thus prepare to meet you.

Text Information
First Line: Great God, what do I see and hear?
Title: Great God, What Do I See and Hear
Author (st. 2-4): William B. Collyer, 1782-1854 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 887
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: End Time
Source: Psalms and Hymns,, Sheffield, 1802, st. 1, alt.
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: G Major
Source: Klug, Geistliche lieder auffs new gebessert, Wittenberg, 1533
Copyright: Setting: © 1989 Ronald L. Shilling. Used by permission.

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