Day of anger, day of wonder

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1 Day of anger, day of wonder,
When the world shall roll asunder
Quenched in fire and smoke and thunder.

2 O vast terror; wild heart-rending,
Of that hour when earth is ending,
And her jealous judge descending.

3 When the trumpet’s voice astoundeth,
Through earth’s sepulchers reboundeth,
Summons universal soundeth.

4 Death astonished, nature shaken,
Sees all creatures, as they waken,
To that dire tribunal taken.

5 Lo! the book, where all is hoarded,
Not a secret unrecorded;
Every doom is thence awarded.

6 So the Judge when He arraigneth,
Every hidden thing explaineth:
Nothing unavenged remaineth.

7 In that fiery revelation,
Where shall I make supplication,
When the just hath scarce salvation?

8 Fount of love, dread King supernal,
Freely given life eternal,
Save me from the pains infernal.

9 This forget not, sweet Life-giver,
Me Thou camest to deliver;
Cast me not away forever.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10799

Translator: Philip Stanhope Worsley

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Author: Thomas, of Celano

Thomas of Celano was born at Celano in the Abruzzi, and joined St. Francis of Assisi c. 1214. He was commissioned by Gregory IX to write the life of St. Francis: the First Legend, 1229; the Second Legend, 1247; and the Tract on the Miracle of St. Francis a few years later. His Legend of St. Clare was composed in 1255. He was probably among the first band of friars to visit Germany, 1221. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

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First Line: Day of anger, day of wonder
Translator: Philip Stanhope Worsley
Author: Thomas, of Celano (c. 1230)

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