Prepare to Meet Thy God

Woe to the men on earth who dwell

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 44 hymnals

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1 Woe to the men on earth who dwell,
Nor dread th' Almighty's frown,
When God doth all his wrath reveal,
And shower his judgments down.

2 Sinners, expect those heaviest showers;
To meet your God, prepare!
For, lo! the seventh angel pours
His vial on the air.

3 Lo! from their seats the mountains leap,
The mountains are not found,
Transported far into the deep,
And in the ocean drowned.

4 Who then shall live and face the throne,
And face the Judge severe?
When heaven and earth are fled and gone,
Oh, where shall I appear?

5 Now, only now, against that hour
We may a place provide;
Beyond the grave, beyond the power
Of hell our spirits hide;--

6 Firm in the all-destroying shock,
May view the final scene;
For, lo, the everlasting Rock
Is cleft to take us in.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #365

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Woe to the men on earth who dwell
Title: Prepare to Meet Thy God
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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