When the Last Trumpet's Awful Voice

When the last trumpet's awful voice This rending earth shall shake

Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Published in 12 hymnals

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1 When the last trumpet’s awful voice
this rending earth shall shake,
when op’ning graves shall yield their charge,
and dust to life awake;
2 those bodies that corrupted fell
shall incorrupted rise,
and mortal forms shall spring to life
immortal in the skies.

3 Behold what heav’nly prophets sung
is now at last fulfill'd,
that Death should yield his ancient reign,
and, vanquish'd, quit the field.
4 Let Faith exalt her joyful voice,
and thus begin to sing;
O Grave! where is thy triumph now?
and where, O Death! thy sting?

5 Thy sting was sin, and conscious guilt,
’twas this that arm'd thy dart;
the law gave sin its strength and force
to pierce the sinner’s heart:
6 but God, whose name be ever bless’d!
disarms that foe we dread,
and makes us conqu’rors when we die,
through Christ our living head.

7 Then stedfast let us still remain,
though dangers rise around,
and in the work prescrib'd by God
yet more and more abound;
8 assured that though we labour now,
we labour not in vain,
but, through the grace of Heav’n’s great Lord
th’ eternal crown shall gain.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #R50b

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: When the last trumpet's awful voice This rending earth shall shake
Title: When the Last Trumpet's Awful Voice
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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