The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Even in the Twinkling of an Eye

Giving An Account at the Second Coming

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional

Printed for F. Coles, T. Vere, J. Wright, J. Clarke, W. Thackeray, and T. Passenger, ca. 1678-1680.

Source: The Samuel Pepys Collection, Magdalen College
Evening in the Twinkling of an Eye, Pepys 2.27
 The Pepys Collection, Located at English Broadside Ballad Archive
University of California, Santa Barbara

AS I lay musing all alone,
    I heard a voice that loud did cry
Come give account now every one
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

With that I heard a trump did blow,
    and one said with a voice so high,
Destroy all things both high and low,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

Go forth, he said, and do not stint,
    throughout the world even by and by,
And bring them all to my judgment
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

Destroy both Pallace, Park and Game.
    Castles and Towers that be so high,
To all things living do the same
    even in the twinkling of an eye,

The Giant proud, the Tyrant fell,
    wo, and alas then shall they cry,
For I will throw them down to hell
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

With that I saw a Cloud was bent,
    and one siting on it so high,
Prepared for to give judgment
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

Then all that in the earth did rest,
    stood up before him by and by,
The Books opened and nothing prest,
    even in the twinkling of an eye,

Divided were without delay
    the good from ill continually,
Sentence was given that same day,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

The good on his right hand did stand,
    praising him still most joyfully,
With Psalms of victory in their hand,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

The evil on his left hand did go,
    crying out most lamentably,
Saying alas! come is our woe,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

Unto the good the Lord did say,
    speaking to them most joyfully
Take thou the Kingdom that lasteth for aye,
    even in the twinkling of an eye,

Unto the evil the Lord did turn,
    saying to them most lamentably,
Go to the fire that ever shall burn,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

O Lord we pray for Christ his sake,
    that shed his blood upon a tree,
To keep us from that fiery lake,
    even in the twinkling of an eye.

Source: The Samuel Pepys Collection, Magdalen College
English Broadside Ballad Archive,
EBBA ID: 20650, Pepys 2.27

Note:

Some types of New Year's ballads were intended to spark the conscience, and were paired with Christmas ballads during these times, with the ultimate goal to be a reminder of the Second Advent (the Second Coming of Christ, and the subsequent Judgment). Examples of such ballads include:

Other New Year's Broadsides include:

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