Revelation - Seal Six

Tune: Picardy

('Let all mortal flesh keep silence')

Revelation 6 v.12-17


John beheld the sixth seal opened

A great earthquake, rocks did rend

Sun became black as sackcloth hair

Moon became as blood then there

Stars of heaven unto the earth fell

Like unready figs we tell


Heaven departed as a scroll

When together one does roll

Every mountain and island moved

Out of their places, it proved

Kings of the earth, rich men and great

Considered their dreadful state


From great to least, from slave to free

Hid themselves in dens, so be

And in rocks of mountains, did say

Fall on us, hide us, we pray

From face of Him sat on the throne

Great day of His wrath now known




  • orchidee

    A bit of background.
    A very old hymn in the clip. The hymn could be sung when the 'elements' of bread and wine at Holy Communion were brought out in the Service. Then silence, no human stirring, but godly fear of an awesome sort. Yet not silent in that the congregation were singing the hymn then!
    Maybe some strict places are like it now - not a whisper, not a cough, not a peep of any human sound, during prayers and pre-Communion time in the Service
    A deep, heavy type of tune, made a bit lighter in the clip I have chosen, I think.

  • Goldfinch60

    Very good write Orchi.


    • orchidee

      Thanks Gold.

    • Michael Edwards

      Nice one Orchi - don't reveal too much.

      • orchidee

        Thanks M.

      • Neville

        seven seems to be a very significant number in many faiths and doctrines ..

        I found your words today really quite intriguing ... I like figs too by the way ...

        • orchidee

          Thanks Neville. Yes, seven symbolic of perfection, wholeness, completeness, I think.
          Ooh, I can't have figs. Had 'em one day and was up all night. That was only figgy biccies too. The rest is TMI - Too Much Information!
          There's me old mate 'vanguard' again in the clip.

        • Suresh

          Nicely poemed, even though it talks of wrath.

          • orchidee

            Thanks Suresh.

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