Scripture Verse

It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him! Matthew 25:6

Introduction

Words: J. O. Barn­hart, in Gos­pel Songs and Hymns No. 1, ed­it­ed by George B. Hol­sing­er (Bridge­wa­ter, Vir­gin­ia: George B. Hol­sing­er, 1898), num­ber 14.

Music: Brin­di­si J. O. Barn­hart, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Barn­hart’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

At midnight I hear the call ringing,
The Bridegroom is coming this way,
And joy to the watcher is bringing:
For Him are you ready today?

Refrain

Be ready today, He’s coming this way;
Be ready, be ready today;
Be ready today, oh, work, watch and pray;
Be ready, be ready today.

Our Father the feast is preparing,
The guests are all gathering near;
If you that great feast would be sharing,
Be ready the summons to hear.

Refrain

Oh, brother, arouse from your dreaming,
Your lamp light is burning so low;
His light o’er the pathway is streaming:
Arise and be ready to go.

Refrain

For all those who love His appearing,
A crown of rejoicing shall be;
Each day the bright prospect is nearing:
He soon will be calling for thee.

Refrain