1076. Eternity

1 I stood at the time-beaten portals,
Where many a pilgrim had passed
Out into the infinite future,
To be with the pure and the blest;
And, musing in silent devotion,
Eternity seemed to draw near;
And strains from the choir of the faithful
I seemed in my fancy to hear.

Refrain:
Oh, eternity! Long eternity!
Hear the solemn footsteps of eternity.

2 I lingered, and silently listened
To the dull, heavy tread of the years,
And thought of the fate of the guilty,
When Christ in His glory appears;
A shudder came over my spirit,
As I thought what a moment might cost,
For eternity’s stillness was broken
By the groans and the sighs of the lost. [Refrain]

3 I saw then the Judge in His splendor,
As He stepped to His great judgment seat,
And thought of the crashing of ages,
When time and eternity meet;
For Time, who has laid many millions,
To slumber in death’s silent shade,
Shall reel at eternity’s presence,
And sleep in the tomb he has made. [Refrain]

4 Let us work while ’tis day, brother, sister,
For soon shall the Master return,
To garner the wheat that we harvest,
The chaff in His fury to burn;
Then in haste let us rush to the rescue,
But few can we save at the most:
Soon millions shall be at the judgment,
Forever, eternally lost. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: I stood at the time-beaten portals
Title: Eternity
Author: D. O. T. (1911)
Meter: 9.8.9.8 D 10.11
Scripture: Revelation 10:5-6
Topic: Warning
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Eternity); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (409); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (507)
Refrain First Line: Oh, eternity! Long eternity!
Tune Information
Name: [I stood at the time-beaten portals]
Composer: Daniel O. Teasley (1911)
Meter: 9.8.9.8 D 10.11
Key: D Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Eternity); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (409); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (507)



Media
MIDI file: Eternity.mid
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