9505. Behold, He Comes — The Judge Appears

1 Behold, He Comes—the Judge appears,
With all His glories crowned:
Behold each nation, tribe and tongue,
The judgment seat surround.

2 View well the righteous, mark the joy
O’er every feature spread;
But Oh! what pale affrighted looks,
Bespeak the sinner’s dread.

3 Now truth appears, no envious cloud
Can hide her radiant face;
Now names and forms, and borrowed masks
No more shall find a place.

4 As from his sheep the shepherd parts
The goats at even-tide,
So from the good, the righteous Judge
The wicked shall divide.

5 Ranged on the right, the pious race,
Shall their glad sentence hear;
Whilst on the left, th’ungodly world
Too late their doom shall fear.

6 Among the saints, at Christ’s right hand,
May I, Lord, find a place;
Enrolled among the heirs of God,
The firstborn sons of grace.

7 Then shall I all enraptured hear
The Judge pronounce me blest;
And share the kingdom long prepared
That sweet and endless rest.

Text Information
First Line: Behold, He Comes—the Judge appears
Title: Behold, He Comes — The Judge Appears
Author: John Needham
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Henry Mann (before 1906)
Meter: CM
Key: e minor
Source: The Methodist Hymnal (New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1905)
Copyright: Public Domain

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