Scripture Verse

Watch…for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:42

Introduction

Words: B. W. Pir­tle, in Our Hymns of Love (Forth Worth, Tex­as: Quar­tet Mu­sic, 1909).

Music: Ann Ar­bor Frank­lin L. Ei­land, 1909 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pir­tle’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Ei­land,

portrait
Franklin L. Eiland
1860–1909

Lyrics

O ’tis sweet to sing this story,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes;
It to tell is all my glo­ry,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes.

Refrain

I’ll be rea­dy when He comes,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes;
O ’tis sweet to sing this story,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes.

All I am to Him I’m giving,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes;
Day by day for Him I’m living,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes.

Refrain

Striving on, His will obeying,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes;
Working, watching, ever praying,
I’ll be rea­dy when He comes.

Refrain

Sinners there in darkness straying,
O be rea­dy when He comes;
Do not farther risk delaying,
But be rea­dy when He comes.

Refrain