What and if the day be breaking

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1 What and if the day is breaking,
Day so long by seers foretold,
When, from slumbers deep awaking,
Saints their Savior shall behold;
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Or is still your bosom cold?

2 Are you clothed in bridal raiment,
Woven by anointed hands;
Given thee without thy payment,
Pledge of Love’s unwearied hands?
Are you ready? Are you ready?
See, the portal open stands.

3 Are you washed in holy water,
You so long by sin defiled?
Should He say, "My son," "My daughter,"
Can you say, "Behold Thy child?"
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Thus by Jesus to be styled?

4 Are you you ready for the meeting
With the Savior in the air?
Longing for that holy greeting
With the ransomed myriads there?
If not ready, if not ready,
Oh! for that great day prepare!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15227

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Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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The Cyber Hymnal #15227
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