6565. Terrible God, That Reign'st on High

1. Terrible God, that reign’st on high,
How awful is Thy thundering hand!
Thy fiery bolts, how fierce they fly!
Nor can all earth or hell withstand.

2. This the old rebel angels knew,
And Satan fell beneath Thy frown;
Thine arrows struck the traitor through,
And weighty vengeance sunk him down.

3. This Sodom felt, and feels it still,
And roars beneath th’eternal load:
With endless burnings who can dwell?
Or bear the fury of a God?

4. Tremble ye sinners, and submit,
Throw down your arms before His throne;
Bend your heads low beneath His feet,
Or His strong hand shall crush you down.

5. And ye, blessed saints, that love Him too,
With reverence bow before His name;
Thus all His heav’nly servants do:
God is a bright and burning flame.

Text Information
First Line: Terrible God, that reign'st on high
Title: Terrible God, That Reign'st on High
Author: Isaac Watts (1707-9)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707-9, Book 2, number 22
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: MARYTON, H. Percy Smith, 1874; MISSIONARY CHANT, Heinrich C. Zeuner, 1832; OLD 100TH, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
Tune Information
Name: LLEF
Composer: Griffith H. Jones (1890)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 11134 32134 45543
Key: e minor
Source: Gamau Mawl, by David Jenkins, 1890
Copyright: Public Domain

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