The Day of Doom

Author: Michael Wigglesworth  | Date: 1662

The Day of Doom

The Security of the World before Christ’s coming to Judgment. Luke 12.19.

STILL was the night, Serene & Bright,

when all Men sleeping lay;

Calm was the season, & carnal reason

thought so ’twould last for ay.

Soul, take thine ease, let sorrow cease,

much good thou hast in store:

This was their Song, their Cups among,

the Evening before.

Mat. 25. 5.

Wallowing in all kind of sin,

vile wretches lay secure:

The best of men had scarcely then

their Lamps kept in good ure.

Virgins unwise, who through disguise

amongst the best were number’d

Had clos’d their eyes; yea, and the wise

through sloth and frailty slumber’d.

Mat. 24. 37, 38.

Like as of old, when Men grow bold

God’s threatenings to contemn,

Who stop their Ear, and would not hear,

when Mercy warned them:

But took their course without remorse,

till God began to powre

Destruction the World upon

in a tempestuous showre.

1 Thes. 5. 8.

They put away the evil day,

and drown’d their care and fears,

Till drown’d were they, and swept away

by vengeance unawares:

So at the last, whilst Men sleep fast

in their security,

Surpriz’d they are in such a snare

as cometh suddenly.

The Suddenness, Majesty & Terror of Christ’s appearing. Mat. 25. 6. 2 Pet. 3. 10.

For at midnight brake forth a Light,

which turn’d the night to day,

And speedily an hideous cry

did all the world dismay.

Sinners awake, their hearts do ake,

trembling their loynes surprizeth;

Amaz’d with fear, by what they hear,

each one of them ariseth.

Mat. 24. 29, 80.

They rush from Beds with giddy heads,

and to their windows run,

Viewing this light, which shines more bright

then doth the Noon-day Sun.

Straightway appears (they see’t with tears)

the Son of God most dread;

Who with his Train comes on amain

to Judge both Quick and Dead.

2 Pet. 3. 10.

Before his face the Heav’ns gave place,

and Skies are rent asunder,

With mighty voice, and hideous noise,

more terrible than Thunder.

His brightness damps heav’ns glorious lamps

and makes them hide their heads,

As if afraid and quite dismay’d,

they quit their wonted steads.

Ye sons of men that durst contemn

the Threatnings of Gods Word.

How chear you now? your hearts, I trow,

are thrill’d as with a sword.

Now Athist blind, whose brutish mind

a God could never see,

Dost thou perceive, dost now believe

that Christ thy judge shall be?

Stout Courages, (whose hardiness

could Death and Hell out-face)

Are you as bold now you behold

your Judge draw near apace?

They cry, no, no: Alas! and wo!

Our courage all is gone:

Our hardiness (fool hardiness)

hath us undone, undone.

Rev. 6, 15.

No heart so bold, but now grows cold

and almost dead with fear:

No eye so dry, but now can cry,

and pour out many a tear.

Earth’s Potentates and pow’rful States,

Captains and Men of Might

Are quite abasht, their courage dasht

at this most dreadful sight.

Mat. 24. 30.

Mean men lament, great men do rent

their Robes, and tear their hair:

They do not spare their flesh to tear

through horrible despair.

All Kindreds wail: all hearts do fail:

horror the world doth fill

With weeping eyes, and loud out-cries,

yet knows not how to kill.

Rev. 6. 15, 16.

Some hide themselves in Caves and Delves,

in places under ground:

Some rashly leap into the Deep,

to scape by being drown’d:

Some to the Rocks (O senseless blocks!)

and woody Mountains run,

That there they might this fearful sight,

and dreaded Presence shun.

In vain do they to Mountains say,

fall on us and us hide

From Judges ire, more hot than fire,

for who may it abide?

No hiding place can from his Face

sinners at all conceal,

Whose flaming Eye hid things doth ’spy

and darkest things reveal.

Mat. 25. 21.

The Judge draws nigh, exalted high,

upon a lofty Throne,

Amidst the throng of Angels strong,

lo, Israel’s Holy One!

The excellence of whose presence

and awful Majesty,

Amazeth Nature, and every Creature,

doth more than terrify.

Rev. 6. 14.

The Mountains smoak, the Hills are shook,

the Earth is rent and torn,

As if she should be clear dissolv’d,

or from the Center born.

The Sea doth roar, forsakes the shore,

and shrinks away for fear;

The wild beasts flee into the Sea,

so soon as he draws near.

Whose Glory bright, whose wondrous might,

whose power Imperial,

So far surpass whatever was

in Realms Terrestrial;

That tongues of men (nor angels pen)

cannot the same express,

And therefore I must pass it by,

lest speaking should transgress.

1 Thes. 4. 16. Resurrection of the dead, John 5. 28, 29.

Before his Throne a Trump is blown,

Proclaiming the day of Doom:

Forthwith he cries, Ye dead arise,

and unto Judgment come.

No sooner said, but tis obey’d;

Sepulchres opened are:

Dead bodies all rise at his call,

and’s mighty power declare.

Both Sea and Land, at his Command,

their Dead at once surrender:

The Fire and Air constrained are

also their dead to tender.

The mighty word of this great Lord

links Body and Soul together

Both of the Just, and the unjust,

to art no more for ever.

The living Changed. Luke 20:36 1 Cor. 15. 52.

The same translates, from Mortal states

to Immortality,

All that survive, and be alive,

i’ th’ twinkling of an eye:

That so they may abide for ay

to endless weal or woe;

Both the Renate and Reprobate

are made to dy no more.

All brought to Judgment. Mat. 24. 31.

His winged Hosts flie through all Coasts,

together gethering

Both good and bad, both quick and dead,

and all to Judgment bring.

Out of their holes those creeping Moles,

that hid themselves for fear,

By force they take, and quickly make

before the Judge appear.

2 Cor. 5. 10. The sheep separated from the Goats. Mat. 25. 32.

Thus every one before the Throne

of Christ the Judge is brought,

Both righteous and impious

that good or ill hath wrought.

A separation, and diff’ring station

by Christ appointed is

(To sinners sad) ’twixt good and bad,

’twixt Heirs of woe and bliss.


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