Scripture Verse

The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17

Introduction

Words: H. L. Fris­bie, in Hymns of the Se­cond Com­ing of Our Lord Je­sus Christ, ed­it­ed by Bai­lie Brown & Pe­ter Bil­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bil­horn Bro­thers, 1911), num­ber 25, alt.

Music: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Fris­bie’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Peter P. Bilhorn
1865–1936

Lyrics

Lyrics

Have you heard about a meeting
That is coming very soon?
It may be at dawn or midnight,
Or in glory of the noon;
Jesus will be there majestic,
With Him nothing can compare;
For this meeting are you ready?
Say, will you be there?

Refrain

Say, will you be there,
And the crowning glory share?
If the trumpet sounds at midnight,
Say will you be there?
Yes, will you be there,
With the legions in the air?
Are you ready to be caught up?
Say, will you be there?

Have you heard about this meeting
Of a vast, uncounted throng
Who will gather when the trumpet
Rolls its golden notes along?
There’ll be David, God’s sweet singer,
Leading bands of harpers fair;
Old Elijah and Elisha—
But will you be there?

Refrain

There will be the Hebrew children,
Who withstood the fiery test;
And the dearly loved disciple
Who reclined on Jesus’ breast;
And the Marys with the Marthas,
Who brought spices rich and rare
To anoint His broken body—
But, will you be there?

Refrain

All the saints of countless ages
Will awaken from their sleep,
And the living will be gathered
As a shepherd herds his sheep:
And this long expected meeting
Will be held up in the air—
Are you ready to be caught up?
Say, will you be there?

Refrain