Sinners and Saints in the Wreck of Nature

How great, how terrible that God

Author: Samuel Davies
Published in 65 hymnals

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1 How great, how terrible that God,
Who shakes creation with his nod!
He frowns, and earth's foundations shake,
And all the wheels of nature break.

2 Where now, O where shall sinners seek
For shelter in the gen'ral wreck?
Shall falling rocks be o'er them thrown?
See rocks, like snow, dissolving down!

3 In vain for mercy now they cry;
In lakes of liquid fire they lie;
There on the flaming billows tost,
For ever, O, for ever lost!

4 But saints, undaunted and serene,
Your eyes shall view the dreadful scene;
Your Saviour lives, the worlds expire;
And earth and skies dissolve in fire.

5 Jesus, the helpless sinner's friend,
To thee my all I dare commend;
Thou canst preserve my feeble soul,
When lightnings blaze from pole to pole.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #733

Author: Samuel Davies

Davies, Samuel., M.A., born near Summit Ridge, Newcastle, Delaware, America, Nov. 3, 1723, and educated under the Rev. Samuel Blair, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, through the pecuniary assistance of the Rev. William Robinson, a Presbyterian Minister of New Brunswick. In 1745 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Newcastle as a probationer for the ministry, and undertook duty in Virginia, in 1747. After visiting England in 1753, on behalf of the New Jersey College, and having received the degree of M.A., he was appointed President of New Jersey Presbyterian College, Princeton, in succession to Jonathan Edwards. He died Feb. 4, 1761, at the early age of 37. His manuscripts were entrusted to Dr. T. Gibbons, who published therefrom 5 volumes… Go to person page >

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First Line: How great, how terrible that God
Title: Sinners and Saints in the Wreck of Nature
Author: Samuel Davies
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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