1 Day of judgment, day of wonders!
Hark! the trumpet's awful sound,
Louder than a thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
How the summons
Will the sinner's heart confound!
2 See the Judge our nature wearing,
Clothed in majesty divine!
You who long for his appearing
Then shall say, "This God is mine!"
Own me on that day for thine!
3 At his call the dead awaken,
Rise to life from earth and sea;
All the powers of nature shaken
By his look, prepare to flee:
What will then become of thee?
4 Horrors past imagination,
Will surprise your trembling heart,
When you hear your condemnation,
"Hence, accursed wretch depart!
Thou with Satan
And his angels, have thy part!"
5 Satan, who now tries to please you,
Lest you timely warning take,
When that word is past, will seize you,
Plunge you in the burning lake:
Think, poor sinner,
Thy eternal all's at stake!
5 But to those who have confessed,
Loved, and served the Lord below;
He will say, "Come near ye blessed,
See the kingdom I bestow:
You for ever
Shall my love and glory know."
7 Under sorrows and reproaches,
May this thought your courage raise!
Swiftly God's great day approaches,
Sighs shall then be changed to praise:
We shall triumph
When the world is in a blaze.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
|First Line:||Day of judgment! day of wonders!|
|Title:||Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!|
|Author:||John Newton (1774)|
|Source:||Dies Irae, Latin, 13th cent., based on|
”’Sunday, 26th, spoke in the evening from a hymn on the day of judgment.' This hymn, he says previously, took him the most of two days to finish."The quotation “Sunday, 26th," &c. [June 26th, 1775] is from Newton's Diary. Few of our author's hymns have attained to greater popularity than this both in Great Britain and America. It has been translated into several languages, including Latin (stanzas i.-iii., vi.): "Dies mirandorum! dies," in Bingham's Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1807, p. 440. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)