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The Warning

And will the Judge descend?

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 303 hymnals

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1 And will the Judge descend,
And must the dead arise
And not a single soul escape
His all-discerning eyes?

2 And from His righteous lips
Shall this dread sentence sound
And thro' the num'rous guilty throng
Spread black despair around:

3 "Depart from Me, accursed,
To everlasting flame,
For rebel angels first prepared,
Where mercy never came?"

4 How will my heart endure
The terrors of that Day
When earth and heav'n before His face,
Astonished, shrink away?

5 But ere that trumpet shakes
The mansions of the dead,
Hark from the Gospel's cheering sound
What joyful tidings spread:

6 Ye sinners, seek His grace
Whose wrath ye cannot bear;
Fly to the shelter of His cross,
And find salvation there.


Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #610

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: And will the Judge descend?
Title: The Warning
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


And will the Judge descend? P. Doddridge. [Judgment.] This hymn is not in the "D. MSS" and was first published by J. Orton in Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 189, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. It is based upon St. Matt. xxv. 41, and headed "The final Sentence, and Misery of the Wicked." In its full form it is not usually given in the collections. The most popular arrangement is stanzas i, iv., v., vi. This is found in various collections in Great Britain. Its greatest use is in America, where it ranks in popularity with the best of Doddridge's hymns.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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