Scripture Verse

Be…ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Phi­lip P. Bliss, in The Lin­net, ed­it­ed by George F. Root & James R. Mur­ray (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss
(1838–1876)

Lyrics

I should like to die, said Willie,
If my Papa could die, too;
But he says he isn’t ready,
’Cause he has so much to do;
And my little sister Nellie
Says that I must surely die,
And that she and Mama—
Then she stopped,
Because it made me cry.
And that she and Mama—
Then she stopped,
Because it made me cry.

But she told me, I remember,
Once while sitting on her knee,
That the angels never weary,
Watching over her and me;
And that if we’re good (and Mama
Told me just the same before)
They will let us into Heaven when
They see us at the door;
They will let us into Heaven when
They see us at the door.

There I know I shall be happy,
And will always want to stay;
I shall love to hear the singing,
I shall love the endless day;
I shall love to look at Jesus,
I shall love Him more and more,
And I’ll gather water lilies for
The angel at the door;
And I’ll gather water lilies for
The angel at the door.

There will be none but the holy—
I shall know no more of sin;
Though I’ll see Mama and Nellie,
For I know He’ll let them in,
But I’ll have to tell the angel,
When I meet him at the door,
That he must excuse my Papa,
’Cause he couldn’t leave the store;
That he must excuse my Papa,
’Cause he couldn’t leave the store.

Nellie says that maybe I shall
Very soon be called away;
If Papa were only ready,
I should like to go today;
But if I should go before him
To that world of light and joy,
Then I guess he’d want
To come to Heav’n
To see his little boy;
Then I guess he’d want
To come to Heav’n
To see his little boy.