Scripture Verse

The Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Luke 12:40


Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)

Words: Eb­en E. Rex­ford, 1887.

Music: Tou­louse James R. Mur­ray, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

James R. Murray (1841–1905)


In a mom­ent when ye know not,
Saith the Son of Man, I come;
If ye are not rea­dy, wait­ing,
Awful fear will strike ye dumb.
Ye will stand be­fore Me trem­bling,
Silent in your soul’s des­pair,
Thinking of un­heed­ed warn­ings
That I gave you to pre­pare.


Are ye rea­dy? are ye rea­dy?
O my soul, de­lay no more;
Get ye rea­dy for His com­ing
Ere the Lord is at thy door.

Soul, if thou shouldst hear Him knock­ing
Now, this mo­ment, wouldst thou say,
Lo, the Lord is come, and glad­ly
Haste His sum­mons to ob­ey?
Ah, I fear in bit­ter ang­uish
Thou wouldst face a sin­ner’s fate,
Thou wouldst plead that one day long­er,
Or an hour, the Lord would wait.


In a mo­ment when ye know not!
Soul of man, no more de­lay;
Get ye rea­dy for His com­ing,
Lest that com­ing be today.
Now—this hour—for when He com­eth
Vainly thou wilt bid Him wait;
I have warned thee, He will an­swer,
Thou re­pent­est all too late.