The Day, The Solemn Day Shall Come

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1 The day, the solemn day shall come,
The long delayéd day of doom;
The hour when God shall awful rise,
And fears a guilty world surprise.

2 Heaven’s greatest light, the glorious sun,
No more his wonted course shall run;
No more divide the varied year,
Obliged to quit his lofty sphere.

3 The moon, and stars extinguished quite,
No more shall rule the silent night;
Nor silver planets longer run
In dance harmonious round the sun.

4 No sooner shall th’Almighty call
But flames shall seize this earthly ball;
And heaven’s high frame without delay
With hideous crash shall pass away.

5 Their seats the frighted mountains quit,
The shrinking seas their shores forget;
In rapid streams of mingled fire
The shifting elements expire.

6 These awful scenes my soul bring near,
For this tremendous day prepare;
How just, how holy must thou be
If thou with joy this day wouldst see?

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9459

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

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First Line: The day, the solemn day shall come
Title: The Day, The Solemn Day Shall Come
Author: John Needham
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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