The General Doom (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-06)  CPDL #46244:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-09-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All eight stanzas of Hart's hymn included.

General Information

Title: The General Doom
First Line: Behold! with awful pomp
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Joseph Hart

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 55-56, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Words by Joseph Hart, 1759, with eight stanzas. This tune is a precursor to Thirtieth [Psalm] (attributed to Amzi or Lucius Chapin) in Patterson's Church Music, 1813, according to Steel and Hulan (2010). I consider them different tunes (Temperley, Hymn Tune Index), with some similarity.

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Original text and translations

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1. Behold! with awful pomp
The Judge prepares to come;
The archangel sounds the dreadful trump,
And wakes the general doom.

2. Nature, in wild amaze,
Her dissolution mourns:
Blushes of blood the moon deface;
The sun to darkness turns.


3. The living look with dread:
The frighted dead arise;
Start from the monumental bed,
And lift their ghastly eyes.

4. Horrors all hearts appall;
They quake, they shriek, they cry;
Bid rocks and mountains on them fall;
But rocks and mountains fly.


5. Ye willful, wanton fools,
Let danger make you wise:
Carnal professors, careless souls,
Unclose your lazy eyes.

6. Tis time we all awake;
The dreadful day draws near;
Sinners, your proud presumption check,
And stop your wild career.


7. Now is the accepted time;
To Christ for mercy fly:
O, turn, repent, and trust in him,
And you shall never die.

8. Great God, in whom we live,
Prepare us for that day:
Help us in Jesus to believe,
To watch, and wait, and pray.