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. Revelation 20:12

Introduction

illustration
Christ the Judge
Michelangelo
1475–1564

Words: Lau­rene High­field, in Truth and Hope, by Al­fred E. Hel­ton et al. (Hud­son, North Ca­ro­li­na: Teach­ers’ Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1919), num­ber 6.

Music: Min­nis R. Hayes (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of High­field or Hayes (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

When the trump of God shall sound,
And the books are opened wide
That the deeds which men
Have done may there be read,
Will the Master’s voice be heard,
Calling you unto His side,
When He comes to judge
The living and the dead?

Refrain

When the trump of God shall sound,
Can you come into His presence unafraid?
Can you wait with joyful heart,
While the Master reads
The record you have made?

When the final trump shall sound,
And the Savior shall descend
Through the clouds that hide
From me His shining face,
Can you bid Him quickly come,
Thankful that He is your friend,
Knowing well He has
Redeemed you by His grace?

Refrain

When the trump of God shall sound,
And the Lord shall separate
From the worthless chaff
His precious grains of wheat,
Will He bid you go or stay,
What think you will be your fate,
When the Master comes
Upon the judgment day?

Refrain