1 Time is earnest, passing by;
Death is earnest, drawing nigh;
Sinner, wilt thou trifling be?
Time and death appeal to Thee.
2 Life is earnest; when 'tis o'er,
Thou returnest never more;
Soon to meet eternity;
Wilt Thou never serious be?
3 God is earnest; kneel and pray,
Ere thy season pass away;
Ere He set His judgment throne—
Vengeance ready, mercy gone.
4 O be earnest! death is near;
Thou wilt perish, ling'ring here:
Sleep no longer, rise and flee;
Lo! thy Saviour waits for thee!
Source: Redemption Songs: a choice collection of 1000 hymns and choruses for evangelistic meetings, solo singers, choirs and the home #262