- (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. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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.)
Instruments: A cappella
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.
Original text and translations
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.