Scripture Verse

Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Matthew 25:6

Introduction

Words: G. M. Bills, 1899.

Music: Mat­thew L. Mc­Phail (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Matthew L. McPhail
1854–1931

Lyrics

When the Bridegroom calleth from the skies—
For His jewels white and fair;
At the blissful crowning of the wise,
Who will be invited there?

Refrain

All the wise will be invited,
When He calleth to the crowning;
All the wise will be invited,
To the feast of the Lamb.

When the Bridegroom calleth for His bride,
And the pure His palace throng;
There while countless ages sweetly glide,
She will sing redemption’s song.

Refrain

When the Bridegroom calleth from their toil,
All who hold His name most dear;
Who with care have filled their lamps with oil,
And await His coming near.

Refrain

When the Bridegroom calleth from repose,
Those who rest from holy strife;
When rewards for service He bestows,
Who will wear a crown of life?

Refrain

When the Bridegroom sounds the final call,
And the scroll shall be unrolled,
When the victors cross the jasper sea,
Who will tread the streets of gold?

Refrain