The Last Resurrection

The Ancient of eternal days

Author: George Richards
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 The Ancient of eternal days,
Enthron'd in light's celestial blaze,
With shouting thousands comes.
The archangelick trump is blown.
A voice is heard from glory's throne.
The spirit breathes on ev'ry bone;
And rends the cleaving tombs.

2 Now comes the end— the end divine—
See death, and hell, the dead resign
To Christ, who holds the keys:
The judgment sits— the books unfold—
The actions of a world they hold;
And there Omniscience has enroll'd,
Mysterious, high decrees.

3 These books are clos'd.—Then opens wide
The book of life— His book who died
For all: — who rose again:
The writing in Immanuel's blood,
The signet of the wine press trod,
Prevails for guilty man, with God:
A world rewards his pain.

4 Salvation to the Lamb on high,
Salvation is the mighty cry.
The glorious work is done.
Tears, sorrow, death, and anguish dire,
Like visions of the night retire;
And ecstacy awakes the lyre,
To Father, Spirit, Son!

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CXC

Author: George Richards

Richards, George, born near Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1755. For some years he was Purser and Chaplain in the United States Navy, and also taught a school in Boston. In 1789 he became an Universalist preacher, ministered at Portsmouth, New Haven, 1793-1809, and from 1809 in Philadelphia, where, his mind having given way under trouble, he died by his own hand, March 16, 1816. With S. Lane he edited the Universalist Hymn Book, published at Boston, 1792. This was one of the earliest collections of that body. It contained 49 of Richards's hymns. In 1801 he published A Collection of Hymns, Dover, New Hampshire, which contained 6 additional hymns by himself, and in 1806, also at Dover, a second edition of the same, greatly enlarged, with anothe… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Ancient of eternal days
Title: The Last Resurrection
Author: George Richards
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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