The kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.@Matthew 25:1
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Mary B. Slade (1826–1882)

Ma­ry B. Slade, in Good News, or Songs and Tunes for Sun­day Schools, Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tions, and Spe­cial Meet­ings, ed­it­ed by Rig­don Mc­In­tosh (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1876).

Rig­don Mc­In­tosh (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­po­ser as Emil­i­us La­roche, Mc­In­tosh’s pseu­do­nym.

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Virgins with Lamps

Once, forth to meet the bridegroom,
At night ten virgins went;
Five lamps were trimmed for burning,
In five the oil was spent,
And while they slept and slumbered,
At midnight rose the shout
Behold the bridegroom cometh,
To meet him go ye out.

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Watch ye, therefore, watch I say,
Watch ye, therefore, watch and pray;
Ye know not the hour, ye know not the day
The Son of Man may come.

Then all the foolish virgins
Their need began to tell;
And all the wise ones answered,
Go ye to them that sell.
The foolish virgins hastened,
In darkness, fear, and shame,
The wise ones ready waited,
And lo the bridegroom came!

Refrain

Lord, Lord, unto us open,
The foolish virgins cried;
I know ye not, unto them
The bridegroom’s voice replied.
O Christians, learn the lesson,
Your lamps be wise and trim,
And when the Bridegroom cometh,
Go gladly in with Him.

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