Day of judgment! day of wonders!Author: John Newton (1774)
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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|
st. 3 = Matt. 25:41-46, Rev. 20: 11-14
st. 4 = Matt. 25:34-40
John Newton (PHH 462) wrote this text during "the most of two days" in 1774, and it was published in the Olney Hymns (1779). The Psalter Hymnal includes the original stanzas 1-3 and 6. Newton's text borrows phrases and concepts from the thirteenth-century Latin sequence "Dies irae, dies illa," which has sometimes been attributed to Thomas of Celano (without specific evidence), a friend of Francis of Assisi. The "Dies irae" became part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass and was often included in dramatic musical settings that emphasized the judgment of sinners. Many of the various popular English translations of that ancient Latin text begin with the words, "Day of wrath, O day of mourning."
Although the "Dies irae" holds out judgment for the unrepentant sinner, it also contains prayers for mercy for the believer. Newton clearly announces the judgment of God on sin and sinners in his hymn text (st. 1, 3), but he also transforms the original prayers for mercy into comforting words of assurance for believers in Christ (st. 2, 4). The text concludes with a paraphrase of Jesus' words in Matthew 25:34, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."
Advent; other worship that focuses on Christ's return in glory "to judge the living and the dead."
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook.
Day of Judgment, day of wonders. J. Newton. [Advent.] Written in 1774, and first published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. ii., No. 77, in 7 stanzas of 5 lines, and headed "The Day of Judgment." In the Rev. J. Bull's work on Newton, this hymn is referred to under the date of 1775 as follows:—
”’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)