6005. See the Gloomy Gathering Cloud

1. See the gloomy gathering cloud
Hanging o’er a sinful land!
Sure the Lord proclaims aloud,
Times of trouble are at hand:
Happy they, who love His name!
They shall always find Him near;
Though the earth were wrapped in flame,
They have no just cause for fear.

2. Hark! His voice in accents mild,
O, how comforting and sweet!
Speaks to every humble child,
Pointing out a sure retreat!
Come, and in My chambers hide,
To My saints of old well known;
There you safely may abide,
Till the storm be overblown.

3. You have only to repose
On My wisdom, love, and care;
Where My wrath consumes my foes,
Mercy shall My children spare:
While they perish in the flood,
You that bear My holy mark,
Sprinkled with atoning blood,
Shall be safe within the ark.

4. Sinners, see the ark prepared!
Haste to enter while there’s room;
Though the Lord His arm has bared,
Mercy still retards your doom:
Seek Him while there yet is hope,
Ere the day of grace be past;
Lest in wrath He give you up,
And this call should prove your last.

Text Information
First Line: See the gloomy gathering cloud
Title: See the Gloomy Gathering Cloud
Author: John Newton (1779)
Meter: 77.77 D
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Al­ter­nate tunes: GUIDE, Mar­cus M. Wells, 1858; MESSIAH, Lou­is J. Hér­old, 1830, ar­ranged by George Kings­ley, 1838
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1792, arr.)
Meter: 77.77 D
Incipit: 11113 21222 24323
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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