Scripture Verse

I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.@Revelation 20:12–13

Introduction

Words: Lizzie DeArmond, in Songs of Help, ed­it­ed by James M. Black (New York: Ab­ing­don Press, 1917), num­ber 57.

Music: J. K. Ev­er­ett (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Lizzie DeArmond
(1847–1936)

Lyrics

When dawneth the last great day,
And Christ as a judge you see,
When called to account for the good you have done,
O what will your answer be?

Refrain

What will your answer be?
O what will your answer be?
When life’s shadows fall, and Jesus shall call,
O what will your answer be?

Refrain

Has life been for self alone,
Or given in service true?
Has anyone entered the heavenly goal,
Because you have helped them thro’?

Refrain

In love have you shared a load
Too heavy for one to bear?
Or spoken a comforting word to a soul,
Or whispered an earnest prayer?

Refrain

Thro’ all of your glad, bright days,
What sacrifice did you make?
O surely a cup of cold water you gave
With joy, for your Lord’s dear sake?

Refrain