Death and Judgment Appointed to All

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1 Heav'n has confirm'd the great decree
That Adam's race must die:
One gen'ral ruin sweeps them down,
And low in dust they lie.

2 Ye living men, the tomb survey,
Where you must quickly dwell.
Hark how the awful summons sounds
In ev'ry fun'ral knell!

3 Once you must die, and once for all;
The solemn purport weigh;
For know, that heav'n and hell are hung
On that important day.

4 Those eyes, so long in darkness veil'd,
Must wake the Judge to see;
And ev'ry word, and ev'ry thought
Must pass his scrutiny.

5 O may I in the Judge behold
My Savior and my Friend,
And far beyond the reach of death
With all his saints ascend!

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #401

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: Heaven has confirmed the great decree
Title: Death and Judgment Appointed to All
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Though no firm documentation exists, ST. ANNE was probably composed by William Croft (PHH 149), possibly when he was organist from 1700-1711 at St. Anne's Church in Soho, London, England. (According to tradition, St. Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary.) The tune was first published in A Suppleme…

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