Scripture Verse

Behold, the bridegroom cometh.@Matthew 25:6

Introduction

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Barney E. Warren
(1867–1951)

Words: Will­iam G. Schell, in Ech­oes from Glo­ry, by Ba­rney War­ren & Dan­iel S. War­ner (Grand Junc­tion, Mi­chi­gan: Gos­pel Trum­pet Pub­lish­ing, 1893), num­ber 214.

Music: Will­iam G. Schell & Ba­rney E. War­ren (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William G. Schell
(1869–1940)

Lyrics

We’re nearing the closing
Of time’s mortal year,
God’s kingdom doth now
As ten virgins appear,
Who are going forward,
The Bridegroom to meet,
With lamps trimmed and burning
To direct their feet.

Refrain

Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,
Go ye out to meet Him.

With oil in their vessels
The wise forward go,
Their lamps shining bright
And their hearts white as snow;
They’re ready each moment
To welcome the Lord,
Who shortly is coming
To take them to God.

Refrain

The foolish go forward
Without any oil,
They’re just as contented
As those who have oil.
They trust in the future
The oil to supply,
They’ll wake soon to find
That their lamps are burned dry.

Refrain

Lo now, just at midnight,
The watchman they hear,
Awake from your slumbers,
The Bridegroom is near
;
The foolish to trim their lamps,
Quickly arise,
Our lamps are gone out,
They all cry in surprise.

Refrain

The foolish to wise say
Give us of your oil;
Not so, lest there not
Be enough for us all;
Go ye to the merchants
And buy for yourselves.

Alas, ’tis too late,
They have just ceased to sell.

Refrain

Lo, now comes the Bridegroom,
With angelic host,
All those who are ready,
Go into the feast;
The door being closed,
Cmes the foolish to knock,
Depart, saith the Lord,
I indeed know you not.

Refrain