What Shall Our Answers Be?

Representative Text

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 >

Text Information

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



Instances (1 - 66 of 66)

A Messenger for Jesus #d344

Bells of Heaven #d442

Bells of Heaven #d401

Best of All Songs #d131

Beulah Bells #d145

Billows of Praise #d262

Blood Redemption and Christian Service Songs #d88

Page Scan

Calvary Hymns #120

Celestial Songs for all Purposes #d153

Chimes of Glory No. 3 #d113

Cornelius' Gospel Songs #102

Cornelius' Gospel Songs No. 2 #d265

Page Scan

Cornelius' Gospel Songs No. 3 #96

Cornelius' Gospel Songs No. 4 #d247

TextPage Scan

Crowning Day No. 2 #231

Down at the Cross #d374

Eureka Sacred Banner #d157

Favorite Songs #d30

From the Cross to the Crown #d209

Go Ye Therefore No. 3 #d84

Gospel Light #d324

Page Scan

Gospel Songs and Hymns No. 1 #18

Gospel Voices #d127

Page Scan

Grace and Glory #62

Happy Voices No. 1 #d190

Home Gospel Songs #d280

Home Gospel Songs No. 2 #d256

Humbard Family Songs #d113

Page Scan

Kingdom of Song for the Sunday School #124

Living Songs of Faith and Hope #d223

Ministry of Song #d153

Our Cumberland Presbyterian Hymnal #d398

Our Leader #d164

Our New Book for Sunday Schools, Prayer, Praise and Gospel Meetings #d83

Pearls of Paradise #d94

Pearls of Paradise. Abridged ed. #d104

Page Scan

Praise and Rejoicing #98

Praises #d113

Resurrected Songs prepared for the Church #d259

Revival and Prohibition Songs #d120

Select Songs #d159

Song Land Melodies #d207

Songland Melodies ... a New Song Book for Revivals #d254

Page Scan

Songs of the Cross #120

Soul Songs #d238

Soul Songs. Souvenir & Prospectus ed. #d88

Spiritual Evangel #d197

Sunday School and Revival Songs No.2 #d254

Sweet Harmonies (A New Song Book) #d187

Page Scan

The Best Gospel Songs and their composers #152

Page Scan

The Brethren Hymnal #183

The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #560

The Complete Church Hymnal #d330

The Gospel Shower; a Collection of Gospel Hymns #d183

The King's Message #d103

The New Wonderful Songs for Work and Worship #d271

The Shining Way #d131

Tidings of the Cross #d276

Times of Refreshing #d211

Times of Refreshing #d220

Times of Refreshing #d264

Page Scan

Tried and True #143

Waves of Salvation, Nos. 1 and 2 Combined #d152

Zion Songs, Spiritual Hymns #d203

Zion's Praise #d141

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.