12588. God, To Correct A Guilty World

1 God, to correct a guilty world,
In wrath is slow to rise;
But comes at length, in thunder clothed,
And darkness veils the skies.

2 His awful banners, lifted high,
The nations’ God declare;
And stained with blood, with terrors marked,
Spread wonder and despair.

3 All earthly glory, pomp and pride,
Are in His presence lost:
Empires o’erturned, thrones, scepters, crowns,
In wild confusion tossed.

4 While war and misery prevail,
And desolation wide,
In God, the sovereign Lord of all,
The righteous still confide.

5 Dark and mysterious is the course
Of His tremendous way:
His path is in the trackless winds,
And in the foaming sea.

6 Yet, though enveloped in the cloud,
And from our view concealed,
The righteous Judge will soon appear,
In majesty revealed!

7 Then will He curb the lawless power,
The deadly wrath of man;
And all the windings will unfold
Of His own gracious plan.

8 Then all the sons of tyranny
In ruin shall be hurled;
And light, and liberty, and bliss,
Embrace the new born world.

Text Information
First Line: God, to correct a guilty world
Title: God, To Correct A Guilty World
Author: Thomas Jervis
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for Public and Private Worship (London:1795)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: GRÄFENBURg by Johann Crüger, HEREFORD by Frederick A. Gore-Ouseley, HUNNYS from "Seven Sobs of a Sorrowful Soul"
Tune Information
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: English Traditional Melody
Copyright: Public Domain

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