What If It Were Today?

Jesus is coming to earth again, What if it were today?

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris (1912)
Tune: SECOND COMING
Published in 91 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Jesus is coming to earth again--
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign--
What if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide--
What if it were today?

Chorus:
Glory, glory!
Joy to my heart 'twill bring;
Glory, glory!
When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory!
Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory!
Jesus will come someday.

2 Satan's dominion will then be o'er--
O that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more--
O that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?[Chorus]

3 Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
If He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply,
Morning light breaks in eastern sky;
Watch, for the time is drawing nigh--
What if it were today?[Chorus]

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #290

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Timeline

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #195
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The Cyber Hymnal #7283
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Instances

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #195

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #290

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Hymns of Faith #531

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #248

Rejoice Hymns #590

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Sing Joyfully #549

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Small Church Music #1698

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #76

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The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #759

The Christian Life Hymnal #213

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The Cyber Hymnal #7283

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #245

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The Worshiping Church #275

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