12655. The Heart Dejected Sighs To Know

1 The heart dejected sighs to know,
Why vice triumphant reigns below;
Why saints have fall’n in every age,
The victims of tyrannic rage.

2 Fast roll successive years away;
Fast hastens on th’important day,
When, to th’astonished world’s surprise,
God’s high tribunal shall arise.

3 Hark! ’tis the trumpet’s piercing sound;
The rising dead assemble round;
In close procession, see, they come,
Each to receive his final doom.

4 Lo! there, a vile, degenerate race;
Pale terror sits on every face:
Here, on the right, a joyful band,
The sons of suffering virtue stand.

5 The sentence passed, lo! these arise
To bliss and glory in the skies:
While those, who once stood high in fame,
Sink to contempt and lasting shame.

6 Thus shall God’s government appear
Without a shade, divinely fair;
And blushing doubt with joy confess,
The Lord’s a God of righteousness.

Text Information
First Line: The heart dejected sighs to know
Title: The Heart Dejected Sighs To Know
Author: John Needham, ?-circa 1786
Meter: LM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: CROMER by John A. Lloyd,Sr, DAS WALT' GOTT VATER by Daniel Vetter, DEPAUW by Robert G. McCutchan
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Grenoble Antiphoner, 1753
Copyright: Public Domain

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