Should the summons, quickly flying

Should the summons, quickly flying

Author: Mary D. James
Tune: [Should the summons, quickly flying]
Published in 24 hymnals

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1 Should the summons, quickly flying,
On the slumb’ring nations falls,—
Lo! the heavenly Bridegroom cometh,
Would the sound your soul appal?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Should you hear the midnight call?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Should you hear the midnight call?

2 What if now the startling mandate
Should the sleeping virgins hear,—
Are your lamps all trimmed and burning?
Should the Bridegroom now appear?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Now to see your Lord appear?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Now to see your Lord appear?

3 Is there oil in all your vessels?
Are your garments pure and white?
Are they washed in the cleansing fountain,
Fit to stand in Jesus sight?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Are your lamps all clear and bright?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Are your lamps all clear and bright?

4 Rise! ye virgins,—sleep no longer,—
Lest the call your souls surprise!
Lest ye fail to meet the Bridegroom,
When he cometh from the skies.
Are you ready? Are you ready?
When he cometh from the skies?
Oh, be ready! Oh, be ready!
Hasten, from your slumbers rise!

Source: On Joyful Wing : A Book of Praise and Song #138

Author: Mary D. James

Mary Dagworthy Yard James USA 1810-1883. Born at Trenton, NJ, she began teaching Sunday school at age 13 in the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Henry B James, and they had four children: Joseph, Mary, Ann, and Charles.. She became a prominent figure in the Wesleyan Holiness movement of the early 1800s, assisting Phoebe Palmer (also a hymnist) and often leading meetings at Ocean Grove, NJ, and elsewhere. She wrote articles that appeared in the “Guide to holiness”, “The New York Christian advocate”, “The contributor”, “The Christian witness:, “The Christian woman”, “The Christian standard”, and the “Ocean Grove record”. She wrote a biography of Edmund J Yard entitled, “The soul winner” (1883). She… Go to person page >

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First Line: Should the summons, quickly flying
Author: Mary D. James
Refrain First Line: Are you ready
Copyright: Public Domain

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