1 Soon comes the time of the archangel Michael,
prince and protector through storm cloud and strife;
great the distress but far greater the mercy
promised to all found in God's book of life.

2 All who have slept in the dust shall be woken,
some to disgrace, some to laughter and light;
those who are wise will be shining in glory,
those who win souls, like the stars in the night.

3 Till then the world will be seething in turmoil,
knowledge expanding, but wisdom most rare:
seasons and years which are known to the Father,
mysteries unfolding for all in his care.

4 Then comes the end, the last prayer, the last preaching,
sealed in his book till the last of the days:
thanks be to God for each page from his prophets,
praise for his words, for his wonders be praise!

5 What is our part in this drama of heaven,
warnings of judgement and windows of grace ?
Watching and witnessing, suffering and loving,
serving our king till we meet face to face.

Christopher Idle b.1938
© Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns

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Suggested tune: O QUANTA QUALIA
Based on Daniel 12