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O Be Ready

Are you ready for the Bridegroom's coming

Author: William A. Ogden
Tune: [Are you ready for the Bridegroom's coming?]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Are you ready for the Bridegroom’s coming?
Are you ready now the feast to share?
Is your lamp all trimmed and bright,
Sending forth a radiant light?
Do you still the wedding garment wear?

Oh! be ready, when the Bridegroom comes,
Oh! be ready, when the Bridegroom comes,
Whether it be evening,
Or whether it be morning,
Oh! be ready when the Bridegroom comes!

2 Are you ready for the Bridegroom’s coming?
Has the summons reached a listening ear?
Are you watching all the day,
For the Bridegroom on His way?
Are you waiting till the Lord draws near? [Refrain]

3 Are you ready for the Bridegroom’s coming?
Are you going forth to meet Him, say?
He is coming, brother, see,
He is calling now for thee;
Oh! be ready, for He comes this way. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.4 #142

Author: William A. Ogden

William Augustine Ogden USA 1841-1897. Born at Franklin County, OH, his family moved to IN when he was age six. He studied music in local singing schools at age 8, and by age 10 could read church music fairly well. Later, he could write out a melody by hearing it sung or played. He enlisted in the American Civil War in the 30th IN Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland. After the war, he returned home, resumed music study, and taught school. He married Jennie V Headington, and they had two children: Lowell and Marian. He worked for the Iowa Normal School, Toledo Public School System. Among his teachers: Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, E E Baily and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Are you ready for the Bridegroom's coming
Title: O Be Ready
Author: William A. Ogden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O be ready when the bridegroom comes
Copyright: Public Domain



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Excellent Songs #42

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Triumphant Songs No.1 #33

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Triumphant Songs No.4 #142

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