THE day of wrath, that dreadful day, Shall all the world in ashes lay, As David and the Sibyl say.
What tremor shall the soul affright, When comes that Judge whose searching light Brings thought and word and deed to light.
The last loud trumpet’s spreading tone Shall through the place of tombs be blown, To summon all before the throne.
Death is struck, and nature quaking, All creation is awaking To its Judge an answer making.
The written book shall be outspread, And all that it contains be read, To try the living and the dead.
Then shall the Judge His throne attain, And every secret sin arraign, Till nothing unavenged remain.
What shall my guilty conscience plead, And who for me will intercede, When even saints forgiveness need?
King of tremendous majesty! Who savest whom Thou savest, free, Thou fount of pity, save Thou me.
Remember, Jesus Lord, I pray, For me Thou walked’st on life’s way; Confound me not on this last day.
‘Twas me Thy weary footsepts sought, My ransom on the Cross was bought, Let not such labour come to naught.
Just Judge of recompense, I pray, Cancel my debt, too great to pay, Before the last accounting day.
My groans a culprit’s heart declare, My cheeks shame’s burning livery wear, Spare me, O God, Thy suppliant spare!
As Thou didst Mary’s sin efface, And take the thief to Thine embrace, So dost Thou give me hope of grace.
Though all unworthy be my cry, Give grace, O gracious Lord, or I Shall burn in fires that never die.
Grant me among Thy sheep to stand; From outcast goats my soul diband, And raise me to Thine own right hand.
When cursed foes are put to shame, And given o’er to biting flame, Ah! with Thy blessed call my name.
Prostrate, my contrite heart I rend; My God, my Father, and my Friend, Do not forsake me in the end.
O day of weeping, day of woe, When rising from his pyre below, The sinner to his Judge shall cry,
‘Spare me, Thou mighty God on high!’ Ah, gentle Jesu, Saviour blest, Grant to them all eternal rest!. Amen.