1 The chariot! the chariot! it's wheels roll in fire,
As the Lord cometh down in the pomp of his ire!
Lo! self moving it drives on its pathway of cloud,
And the heavens with the burden of Godhead are bowed.
2 The glory! the glory! around him are poured
Mighty hosts of the angels that wait on the Lord;
And the glorified saints and the martyrs are there,
And there all who the palm wreaths of victory wear.
3 The trumpet! the trumpet! the dead have all heard,
Lo! the depths of the stone covered charnel are stirred;
From the sea, from the earth, from the south, from the north,
And the vast generations of man are come forth.
4 The judgment! the judgment! the thrones are all set,
Where the Lamb and the white vested elders are met;
There all flesh is at once in the sight of the Lord,
And the doom of eternity hangs on his word.
5 O mercy! O mercy! look down from above,
Great Creator, on us, thy sad children, with love;
When beneath to their darkness the wicked are driven,
May our justified souls find a welcome in heaven.
Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >
The chariot! the chariot! its wheels roll on fire. H. H. Milman. [Advent.] First published in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 7, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, but not included by the author in his Selection of Psalms & Hymns, 1837. It is in several modern hymn-books, including Kennedy, 1863; Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, &c.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: The ChariotFirst Line: The chariot! the chariot! its wheels roll in fireTune Title: CHARIOTAuthor: AnonymousMeter: 188.8.131.52Source: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, by William Walker, 1835