Nixington (Nehemiah Shumway)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-12)   CPDL #35717:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other six stanzas from Newton's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-06-12)   CPDL #35716:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Four selected additional stanzas from Newton's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Nixington
First Line: Day of judgment, day of wonders
Composer: Nehemiah Shumway
Lyricist: John Newton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 47 (87. 87. 11.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1793 in Shumway's The American Harmony, p. 176

Description: Words

by John Newton, his Hymn 77 of Book 2, entitled The Day of Judgment.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Day of judgment, day of wonders!
Hark! The trumpet’s awful sound,
Louder than a thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
How the summons will
     the sinner’s heart confound!

2. See the Judge our nature wearing,
Clothed in majesty divine!
You who long for His appearing,
Then shall say, this God is mine!
Gracious Savior, own
     me in that day for thine!

3. At His call the dead awaken,
Rise to life from earth and sea;
All the powers of nature shaken
By His look, prepare to flee.
Careless sinner, what
     will then become of thee?

 

4. Horrors past imagination,
Will surprise your trembling heart;
When you hear your condemnation,
“Hence, accursed wretch, depart!
Thou with Satan
     and his angels, have thy part!”

5. Satan, who now tries to please you,
Lest you timely warning take,
When that word is past, will seize you,
Plunge you in the burning lake,
Think, poor sinner,
     thy eternal all’s at stake.

6. But to those who have confessed,
Loved and served the Lord below,
He will say, “Come near, you blessed,
See the kingdom I bestow:
You forever shall
     my love and glory know.”

 

7. Under sorrows and reproaches,
May this thought your courage raise:
Swiftly God’s great day approaches,
Sighs shall then be changed to praise:
We shall triumph
   when the world is in a blaze.

The Day of Judgment by John Newton, 1779