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6663. Thou Judge of Quick and Dead

1. Thou judge of quick and dead, before whose bar severe,
With holy joy, or guilty dread, we all shall soon appear;
Our cautioned souls prepare for that tremendous day,
And fill us now with watchful care, and stir us up to pray.

2. To pray, and wait the hour, that wondrous hour unknown,
When, robed in majesty and power, Thou shalt from Heaven come down
The immortal Son of Man, to judge the human race,
With all Thy Father’s dazzling train, with all Thy glorious grace.

3. To damp our earthly joys, to increase our gracious fears,
For ever let the archangel’s voice be sounding in our ears;
The solemn midnight cry, Ye dead, the Judge is come,
Arise, and meet Him in the sky, and meet your instant doom!

4. O may we thus be found obedient to His Word,
Attentive to the trumpet’s sound, and looking for our Lord!
O may we thus ensure a lot among the blest;
And watch a moment to secure an everlasting rest!

Text Information
First Line: Thou judge of quick and dead, before whose bar severe
Title: Thou Judge of Quick and Dead
Author: Charles Wesley (1749)
Meter: SMD
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Al­ter­nate tunes: GÖTTINGEN, in The Prim­i­tive Meth­od­ist Hymnal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (London: Prim­i­tive Meth­od­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 1007; SOUTHWELL (DAMAN), Will­iam Da­man, Psalmes of Da­vid in Eng­lish Me­ter, 1579
Tune Information
Composer: George Job Elvey (1868)
Meter: SMD
Incipit: 11133 66514 32235
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868
Copyright: Public Domain

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