Scripture Verse

Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1

Introduction

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Virgins with Lamps

Words: Ed­en R. Lat­ta, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 2, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney et al. (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1895).

Music: Dan­i­el W. Crist, 1891 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel W. Crist
(1857–1929)

Lyrics

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Lest your feet may go astray!
If you are the Lord’s disciple,
Unto sinners show the way!

Refrain

We’ll go out with joy to meet Him,
We’ll go out with joy to meet Him,
At the midnight hour;
If our lamps are trimmed and burning,
When He cometh, when He cometh,
At the midnight hour!

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Let there be of oil no lack!
Be not like the foolish virgins,
From the entrance driven back!

Refrain

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Burning for eternity!
Ready for the Lord’s appearing,
Whensoever it may be!

Refrain

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
For the midnight draweth near!
When the Bridegroom quickly cometh,
And we all His voice shall hear!

Refrain