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Christ}s Kingdom and Judgment.
As mild to meek-eyed love and faith ;
Only more strong to save ; Strengthened, by having bowed to death
By having burst the grave.
Lord ! who could dare see Thee descend
In state, unless he knew Thou art the sorrowing sinner's Friend,
The gracious, and the true ?
Dwell in our hearts, O Saviour blest !
So shall Thine Advent dawn 'Twixt us and Thee, our bosom-Guest,
Be but the veil withdrawn.
Joseph Anstice. 18
Great God, what do I see and hear !
The end of things created ! The Judge of mankind doth appear
On clouds of glory seated ! The trumpet sounds ; the graves restore The dead which they contained before :
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him !
The dead in Christ are first to rise And greet th' Archangel's warning,
To meet the Saviour in the skies On this auspicious morning :
No gloomy fears their souls dismay ;
His Presence sheds eternal day On those prepared to meet Him.
Far over space, to distant spheres, The lightnings are prevailing:
Th' ungodly rise, and all their tears And sighs are unavailing :