- (Posted 2015-06-12) CPDL #35717:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-12). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 83 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other six stanzas from Newton's hymn added below.
- (Posted 2015-06-12) CPDL #35716:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-12). Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 80 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Four selected additional stanzas from Newton's hymn added below.
First Line: Day of judgment, day of wonders
Composer: Nehemiah Shumway
Lyricist: John Newton (hymnwriter)
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 87. 87. 47 (87. 87. 11.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1793 in Shumway's The American Harmony, p. 176
Description: Words by John Newton, his Hymn 77 of Book 2, entitled The Day of Judgment.
Original text and translations
1. Day of judgment, day of wonders!
Hark! The trumpet’s awful sound,
Louder than a thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
How the summons will
the sinner’s heart confound!
2. See the Judge our nature wearing,
Clothed in majesty divine!
You who long for His appearing,
Then shall say, this God is mine!
Gracious Savior, own
me in that day for thine!
3. At His call the dead awaken,
Rise to life from earth and sea;
All the powers of nature shaken
By His look, prepare to flee.
Careless sinner, what
will then become of thee?
4. Horrors past imagination,
Will surprise your trembling heart;
When you hear your condemnation,
“Hence, accursed wretch, depart!
Thou with Satan
and his angels, have thy part!”
5. Satan, who now tries to please you,
Lest you timely warning take,
When that word is past, will seize you,
Plunge you in the burning lake,
Think, poor sinner,
thy eternal all’s at stake.
6. But to those who have confessed,
Loved and served the Lord below,
He will say, “Come near, you blessed,
See the kingdom I bestow:
You forever shall
my love and glory know.”
7. Under sorrows and reproaches,
May this thought your courage raise:
Swiftly God’s great day approaches,
Sighs shall then be changed to praise:
We shall triumph
when the world is in a blaze.
The Day of Judgment by John Newton, 1779