Heav'n Has Confirmed The Great Decree

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1 Heaven has confirmed the great decree,
That Adam's race mus die:
One general 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 every funeral knell!

3 Once you must die, and once for all;
The solemn purport weigh;
For know, that heaven or hell depends
On that important day.

4 Those eyes, so long in darkness veiled,
Must wake the Judge to see,
And every word, and every 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.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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: Heav'n Has Confirmed The Great Decree
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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