Behold, the judge descends, his guards are nigh

Behold, the judge descends, his guards are nigh

Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Tune: SOVEREIGN SUMMONS
Published in 10 hymnals

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Behold the Judge descends, his guards are high,
Tempest & fire attend him down the sky;
Heav'n, earth & hell draw near, let all kings come,
To hear his justice and the sinner's doom.
But gather first,
But gather first my saints, the Judge commands,
Bring them ye angels from their distant lands.


Source: The Delights of Harmony; or, Norfolk Compiler: being a new collection of psalm tunes, hymns and anthems with a variety of set pieces, from the most approved American and European authors... #77

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: Behold, the judge descends, his guards are nigh
Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Meter: 10.10.10.10.10.10
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Musica Sacra: or, Springfield and Utica Collections United: consisting of Psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, and chants (2nd revised ed.) #147Page Scan
Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d14
The American Repository of Sacred Music #d17
The American Vocalist: a selection of tunes, anthems, sentences, and hymns, old and new: designed for the church, the vestry, or the parlor; adapted to every variety of metre in common use. (Rev. ed.) #195Page Scan
The Choralist #d28
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #P50ePage Scan
The Delights of Harmony; or, Norfolk Compiler: being a new collection of psalm tunes, hymns and anthems with a variety of set pieces, from the most approved American and European authors... #77TextPage Scan
The Mozart Collection of Sacred Music: containing melodies, chorals, anthems and chants, harmonized in four parts; together with the celebrated Christus and Miserere by ZIngarelli #213Page Scan
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music: selected from the most eminent and approved authors in that science, for the use of Christian churches of every denomination...(Stereotype ed., Enl. and Imp.) #40Page Scan
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music: selected from the most eminent and approved authors in that science, for the use of Christian churches of every denomination...(Stereotype ed., Enl. and Imp.) #103Page Scan



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