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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

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
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Full 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus is coming to earth again, What if it were today?
Title: What If It Were Today?
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris (1912)
Meter: 9.6.9.6.8.8.8.6 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glory, glory! Joy to my heart 'twill bring
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

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

Instances

Instances (1 - 13 of 13)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #195TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #290TextPage Scan
Hymns of Faith #531TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #248
Rejoice Hymns #590
Sing Joyfully #549TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1698Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #76
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #759Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #213
The Cyber Hymnal #7283TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #245Text
The Worshiping Church #275TextPage Scan
Include 78 pre-1979 instances



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