Scripture Verse

Be…ready…for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Luke 12:40


Words & Mu­sic: Le­lia N. Mor­ris, 1910. Ap­peared in Light and Life Songs No. 2, ed­it­ed by Will­iam B. Olmstead & Tho­ro Har­ris (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: W. B. Rose, Agent, 1914), page 26 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lelia N. Morris (1862–1929)



At an hour that ye think not
The Mas­ter will come,
An ac­count from His own He’ll demand,
For the time and the ta­lents com­mit­ted to you,
He that day will re­quire at your hand.


The Mas­ter is com­ing, be­ware ye!
The Mas­ter is com­ing, pre­pare ye!
Keep your lamps trimmed and burn­ing,
To greet His re­turn­ing,
At an hour that ye think not!
He’s com­ing.

At an hour that ye think not
The Judge will des­cend,
And the trump of the arch­an­gel sound;
He has given us warn­ing, and bids us to watch,
And each one at his post to be found.


At an hour that ye think not
The Bride­groom will call
For the Church, His be­lov­èd, His bride;
The re­deemed who in white
Wedding gar­ments are dressed,
For the faith­ful the true and the tried.


At an hour that ye think not
What joy it will be,
When the King comes to bring back His own.
If He looks with ap­prov­al upon you and me,
And we hear His glad plau­dit, Well done!