Proud Babylon yet waits her doom, Nor can her tottering palace fall

Proud Babylon yet waits her doom, Nor can her tottering palace fall

Author: B. H. Draper
Tune: WAREHAM (Knapp)
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1 Proud Babylon yet waits her doom;
Nor can her tott'ring palace fall,
Till some blest messenger arise,
The ransom'd heathen world to call.

2 Now see the glorious time approach!
Behold the mighty angel fly,
The gospel tidings to convey
To ev'ry land beneath the sky!

3 See the kind native of Pelew
With rapture greet the sacred sound;
And, for a Saviour's precious name,
Throw his mean idols to the ground.

4 O see, on Otaheite's isle,
And Africa's unhappy shore,
The unlearn'd savage press to hear;
And hearing, wonder and adore.

5 See, while the joyful truth is told,
That Jesus left his throne in heaven,
And suffered, died, and rose again,
That all his sins might be forgiv'n:

6 See what delight, unfelt before,
Beams in his fix'd, attentive eye;
And hear him ask--"For wretched me,
Did this divine Redeemer die?"

7 "Ah! why have ye so long forborne
To tell such welcome news at this?
Go now, let ev'ry sinner hear,
And share in such exalted bliss!"

8 Now, Babylon, thy hour is come,
Thy curse'd foundation shall give way;
And thine eternal overthrow
The triumphs of the cross display!

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #537

Author: B. H. Draper

Draper, Bourne Hall, born at Cumnor, near Oxford, in 1775, and educated for the Baptist Ministry at the Bristol Academy, under the Rev. Dr. J. Rylands. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Chipping Norton 1804, and subsequently at Southampton, where he d. Oct. 12, 1843. See note on his hymn," Ye Christian heroes, go, proclaim," p. 1296, ii. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Proud Babylon yet waits her doom, Nor can her tottering palace fall
Author: B. H. Draper
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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