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Lo, the Bridegroom cometh

When the Bridegroom cometh

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [When the Bridegroom cometh]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the Bridegroom cometh,
At dawn, or dark or day,
May we be ready, waiting,
For He will not delay;
Put on the wedding garment,
He may be drawing nigh;
Alas for us, my brother,
If He should pass us by!

When the Bridegroom cometh,
For us He will not wait;
Get ready then to meet Him,
Before it is too late.

2 When the Bridegroom cometh,
What if our lamps burn dim?
There’ll be no time to fill them,—
Too late the light to trim;
He told us He was coming,
And bade us ready be;
If He should go without us,
Alas for you and me! [Refrain]

3 When the Bridegroom cometh,
We'll meet Him at the gate,
All ready for the journey;
For us He need not wait;
So bring the wedding garment,
He may be very near;
And fill the lamp and trim it
Before the Lord is here. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #63

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the Bridegroom cometh
Title: Lo, the Bridegroom cometh
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Refrain First Line: Soon the time is coming



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Joyful Lays #63

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Select Gems #226

Showalter's Gospel Songs No.2 #d85

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