Scripture Verse

Keep your lamps burning. Luke 12:35


Words & Mu­sic: Frank­lin E. Bel­den, The Se­venth-Day Ad­vent­ist Hymn and Tune Book (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: Re­view & He­rald, 1886), num­ber 852 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Franklin E. Belden (1858–1945)
Courtesy of Ellen G. White Estate


Let ev­ery lamp be burn­ing bright,
The dark­est hour is near­ing;
The dark­est hour of earth’s long night,
Before the Lord’s ap­pear­ing.


Then trim your lamps, my breth­ren dear,
Then trim your lamps with god­ly fear;
The Mas­ter’s com­ing draw­eth near,
Let ev­ery lamp be burn­ing.

Though thou­sands calm­ly slum­ber on,
The last great mes­sage spurn­ing,
We’ll rest our liv­ing faith up­on
His pro­mise of re­turn­ing.


His Word our lamp, His truth our guide,
We can­not be mis­tak­en;
Though dan­gers rise on ev­ery side,
We shall not be for­sak­en.


Then let good works with faith ap­pear,
To help the world around us;
Obedience brings the bless­ing near
When faith has firm­ly bound us.