Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!

Day of judgment! day of wonders!

Author: John Newton (1774)
Published in 320 hymnals

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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!"
Gracious Savior,
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:
Careless sinner,
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

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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Scripture References: 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." Liturgical Use: 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)

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A Choice Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d52

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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d72

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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #478

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d77

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d61

A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use #d33

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #207

A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d45

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d115

A Selection of Hymns #d48

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d56

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d68

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d69

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #975

Advent Hymn Book #d26

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #177

Anglican Hymn Book #35

Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d75

Book of Common Praise #d104

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #571

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Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d65

Chapel Hymns #d118

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Christ in Song #388

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Church Chorals and Choir Studies #177

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d210

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #924

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d154

Family Hymns #d52

Free Methodist Hymnal #d131

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Gloria in Excelsis #d71

Gospel Hymn and Tune Book #d72

Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d81

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d64

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #629

Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d89

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #629

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #693

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #693

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #844

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Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #481

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #558

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #738

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Hymnal and Order of Service: for churches and Sunday-schools #329

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #568

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book: with accompanying tunes #568

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