Scripture Verse

At midnight the cry rang out: Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!. Matthew 25:6

Introduction

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Isaac H. Meredith
(1872–1962)

Words: Jen­nie Wil­son, in Se­rmons in Song (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Tul­lar-Mer­e­dith, 1893), num­ber 11.

Music: Ad­dis Aba­ba Is­aac H. Me­re­dith (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Jennie Wilson
(1856–1913)

Lyrics

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Virgins with Lamps

At the coming of the Bridegroom
Will your lamp be burning bright?
Should the cry Go forth to meet Him
Reach you in the slumbrous night?

Refrain

Oh, my brother, are you ready,
When the thrilling call you hear?
Lo! the heav’nly Bridegroom cometh;
Will it bring you joy or fear?

At the coming of the Bridegroom,
Will you join in happy songs?
Sweetest strains of loving praises
Rising from rejoicing throngs?

Refrain

Will you, at the Bridegroom’s coming,
Be in wedding garments dressed?
Will you to the marriage supper
Enter as a welcome guest?

Refrain

For the coming of the Bridegroom,
With the faithful watch and wait,
Lest you at the banquet portals
Hear the solemn words, Too late.

Refrain