1 The great tremendous day's approaching,
That awful scene is drawing nigh;
Was long foretold by ancient prophets,
Decreed from all eternity.
2 But, O! my soul, reflect and wonder!
That awful scene is drawing near,
When you shall see that great transaction,
When Christ is judgment shall appear.
3 See nature stand all in amazement,
To hear the last loud trumpet sound,
Arise ye dead and come to judgeent!
Ye nations of the world around.
4 Loud thunder rumbling thro' the concave;
Bright forked lightnings part the skies;
The heavens a shaking, the earth a quaking,
The gloomy sight attracts mine eyes.
5 The orbit lamps all veil'd in sackcloth,
No more their shining circuits run;
The wheel of time stopt in a moment;
Eternal things are now begun.
6 Huge mossy rocks and tow'ring mountains
Over their tumbling bases roar;
The raging ocean all in commotion,
Is hov'ring round her frighted shore.
7 Green turfy grave-yards,& tombs of marble,
Give up their dead, both small and great,
See the whole world both saints and sinners,
Are coming to the judgment seat.
8 See Jesus on the throne of justice,
Come thundering down the parting skies,
With countless armies of shining angels,
With Hallelujahs, shout for joy.
9 Bright shining streams from his awful presence,
His face ten thousand suns out-shine,
Behold him coming in pow'r and glory,
To meet him all his saints combine.
10 Go forth ye heralds with speed like lightning,
Call in your saints from distant lands,
Those that my blood from hell hath ransom'd,
Whose names in life's fair book do stand.
1a O come ye blessed of my father,
The purchase of my dying love;
Receive the crowns of life and glory
Which are laid up for you above.
12 For your dear souls which have continu'd
With me, and my temptations bore,
I have provided for you kingdom,
To reign with me for evermore.
13 There's flowing fountains of living water,
No sickness, pain, nor death to fear;
No sorrow, sighing, no tears, no weeping
Shall ever have admittance here.
14 But how will sinners stand and tremble,
When justice calls them to the bar
Those that reject his offer'd mercy,
Their everlasting doom to hear.
15 See justice now with indignation,
Calling aloud for sinners blood;
Those that have slighted offer'd mercy,
And crucify'd the son of God.
16 Depart from me ye cursed sinners!
My face you never more shall see:
Be banish'd from my peaceful presence,
To endless woe and misery.
17 Each guilty soul then struck with horror
And anguish throbbing in their breasts,
Forever doom'd to endless sorrow,
And never more to hope for rest.
18 Come sinners here's a faithful warning!
Return to Jesus while you may;
For he is ready to forgive you,
Or else you must depart away.
Source: Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #XXXV
|First Line:||The great tremendous day's approaching|
|Title:||The Judgment Hymn|