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What shall our answers be

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1 When we in the judgment stand,
In that mighty company,
And the Judge shall question us,
Oh, what shall our answers be?
What for ev’ry trifling tho’t,
And each idle word we say?
What for ev’ry sinful act
We may do from day to day?

When that awful day we see,
O, what shall our answers be?
When that awful day we see,
O, what shall our answers be?

2 When the Lord has gathered there,
From the land and from the sea,
All the families of men,
O, what shall our answers be?
What for all our want of faith,
What for all our lack of love?
Can we hope a crown to gain,
And a mansion bright above? [Refrain]

3 Lord, it is a solemn tho’t,
That we must account to Thee!
In that great and awful day,
What shall our poor answers be?
O, prepare us, Lord, we pray,
In Thy presence there to stand!
Purge us from each sinful blot;
Place us, Lord, on Thy right hand! [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 2 #231

Author: Eden Reeder Latta

Eden Reeder Latta, 1839-1915 Born: March 24, 1839, Haw Patch, In­di­a­na. Died: Dec 21, 1915, Gut­ten­berg, Io­wa. Buried: City cem­e­tery, Gut­ten­berg, Io­wa. Boyhood friend of Wil­liam A. Og­den, Lat­ta taught for a time in the pub­lic schools of Coles­burg, Io­wa. He wrote over 1,600 songs and hymns in his life­time. His works in­clude: The Ri­ver of Life (Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son Com­pa­ny) Sources: Hall, pp. 173-75 Lyrics-- Away to the Woods Beautiful Robe and Crown Blessèd Be the Fount­ain Bright Glo­ry to Come Can Je­sus See and Hear? Come to Je­sus Green Past­ures He Is Ris­en I’m a Child of the King It Is… Go to person page >

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First Line: When we in the judgment stand
Title: What shall our answers be
Author: Eden Reeder Latta
Refrain First Line: When that awful day we see



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