How Great How Terrible That God

How great, how terrible that God,
Who shakes creation with his nod!
He frowns–earth, sea, all nature’s frame
Sink in one universal flame.

Where now, O where shall sinners seek
For shelter in the general wreck;
Shall falling rocks be o’er them thrown?
See rocks, like snow dissolving down.

In vain for mercy now they cry;
In lakes of liquid fire they lie;
There on the flaming billows tossed,
For ever–O forever lost!

But saints, undaunted and serene,
With calmness view the dreadful scene;
Their Savior lives, the worlds expire,
And earth and skies dissolve in fire.

Jesus, the helpless creature’s friend,
To thee my all I dare commend;
thou canst preserve my feeble soul,
When lightnings blaze from pole to pole.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors,