Great God, what do I see and hear


Great God, what do I see and hear?
The end of things created!
The Judge of all men 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 shall first arise
at that last trumpet's sounding.
caught up to meet him in the skies,
with joy their Lord surrounding.
No gloomy fears their souls dismay,
his presence sheds eternal day
on those prepared to meet him.

The ungodly, filled with guilty fears,
behold his wrath prevailing.
In woe they rise, but all their tears
and sighs are unavailing.
The day of grace is past and gone;
trembling they stand before his throne,
all unprepared to meet him.

Great God, to thee my spirit clings,
thy boundless love declaring.
One wondrous sight my comfort brings,
the Judge my nature wearing.
Beneath his cross I view the day
when heaven and earth shall pass away,
and thus prepare to meet him.

Another version of the final verse reads:

Great God, what do I see and hear:
the end of things created!
the Judge of all men doth appear,
on clouds of glory seated:
low at his cross I view the day
when heaven and earth shall pass away,
and thus prepare to meet him.


Words: Sheffield Psalms and Hymns), 1802, William Bengo Collyer, 1802, 1812 and Thomas Cotterill, 1819

Music: Nun freut euch (Geistliche Lieder, 1535, Wittenberg)

Meter: 87 87 887

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 037 Nun freut euch  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 030 Nun freut euch  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 023 Es ist gewißlich an der Zeit  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 484 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 484 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 484 Judgment Hymn  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 484 Judgment Hymn  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 375 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 077 Nun freut euch  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 052 Nun freut euch  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 273    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 004 Nun freut euch  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 074 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 037 Monmouth  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 037 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 037 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 037 Judgment Hymn  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 037 Nun freut euch  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 037 Nun freut euch  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
016 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 075 Nun freut euch  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 053 Nun freut euch  
The English Hymnal, 1906 004 Nun freut euch  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 064 Nun freut euch, Sinai, The Lord of Might  
The Hymnal 1916 073 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 067 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 037 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
043 Nun freut euch  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 068 Nun freut euch  
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 033 Nun freut euch  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 078 Nun freut euch  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 189 Nun freut euch, Palace Green (2nd Edition Only)  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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