Scripture Verse

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in On Joy­ful Wing, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1886), num­ber 66.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney
1837–1899

A young man was work­ing alone in a large room in which was a big clock, the loud tick­ing of which seemed to frame it­self in­to the words, Eter­ni­ty!—where?

Unable to en­dure any long­er the re­flec­tions thus awak­ened, he arose and stopped the clock; but the ques­tion, Eter­ni­ty!—where? still so haunt­ed him, that he threw down his work, and hur­ry­ing home, de­ter­mined that he would not al­low any­thing to en­gage his thoughts till he could sa­tis­fac­tor­i­ly an­swer that search­ing ques­tion, Eter­ni­ty!—where?

Lyrics

Eternity! Where? It floats in the air;
Amid clamor or silence it ever is there!
The question so solemn—Eternity! Where?
The question so solemn—Eternity! Where?

Eternity! Where? Oh! Eternity! where?
With redeemed ones in glory? Or fiends in despair?
With one or the other—Eternity! Where?
With one or the other—Eternity! Where?

Eternity! Where? Oh! how can you share
The world’s giddy pleasures, or heedlessly dare?
Do aught till you settle—Eternity! Where?
Do aught till you settle—Eternity! Where?

Eternity! Where? Oh! friend, have a care;
Soon God will no longer His judgment forbear;
This day may decide your Eternity! Where?
This day may decide your Eternity! Where?

Eternity! Where? Oh! Eternity! Where?
Friend, sleep not, nor take in the world any share,
Till you answer this question—Eternity! Where?
Till you answer this question—Eternity! Where?