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What Terrors Shake My Trembling Soul!

For Second Advent, For the Ascension

Words: Sensus quis horror percutit? Latin Hymn by Jean Baptiste de SanteŘil (1630-1697), Cluniac Breviary, 1686, with notes
Translation by John Chandler, Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837

Music: Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #120
Meter: 8888

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Parts I &  II (London: Novello & Co., 1889), Appendix, #120, pp. 129-130. 

1. What terrors shake my trembling soul !
    Behold the skies are riven,
And Christ appears in clouds of light,
    Amid the hosts of heaven !

2. The trumpet sounds, the opening graves
    Obey the dread command,
And Angels force the risen dead
    Around their Judge to stand.

3. Now all who left the world for Christ,
    By Christ are raised on high ;
Yea, all who loved their lowly God,
    And shared His poverty.

4. But lo ! the Cross, which once the Jew
    And Gentile dared despise,
The Saint's delight, the sinner's scorn,
    Shines brightly in the skies !

5. That Cross those wicked men behold.
    But find no mercy there ;
It only serves to seal their fate,
    And heighten their despair.

6. Lord, may we never to such guilt,
    Or to such downfall come,
O save us from the sinner's path,
    And from the sinner's doom.

7. O future Judge, to Thy great Name
    Be praise and glory given ;
To Father, and to Holy Ghost,
    By all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #120.

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