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O What A Sound Was There!

O what a sound was there!

Author: Thomas Kelly
Tune: ABER
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 O what a sound was there!
’Tis nature’s final groan:
And Jesus bids the world appear,
Before His awful throne.

2 The day at length is come,
As threatened, like a snare:
A source of endless joy to some;
To others, of despair.

3 The Savior is at hand,
Behold, He comes with clouds;
And angels, at their Lord’s command,
Appear in joyful crowds.

4 But who may stand this day,
Destroying far and wide?
When Heav’n and earth shall flee away,
Who can the storm abide?

5 The saints alone shall stand,
The people of His love;
He sets them at His own right hand,
And gives them joy above.

6 Into His presence brought,
They see Him face to face;
No other place His people sought,
And now He grants this grace.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9605

Author: Thomas Kelly

Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O what a sound was there!
Title: O What A Sound Was There!
Author: Thomas Kelly
Source: Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnston, 1815)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9605
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