Scripture Verse

You…must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. Luke 12:40


Words: Sid­ney Dy­er, Dyer’s Psal­mist (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky: Mor­ton & Gris­wold, 1851), num­ber 109.

Music: Mer­ced Asa Hull, Sup­ple­ment of Sam­u­el Dy­er’s Third Ed­i­tion of Sac­red Mu­sic, 1828 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Navarre, at­trib­ut­ed to King The­o­bald of Na­varre (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Dy­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Asa Hull


Time is earnest, passing by;
Death is earnest, drawing nigh.
Sinner! wilt thou trifling be?
Time and death appeal to thee.

Life is earnest; when ’tis o’er
Thou returnest nevermore.
Soon to meet eternity,
Wilt thou never serious be?

Heav’n is earnest; solemnly
Float its voices down to thee.
Oh, thou mortal, art thou gay,
Sporting through thine earthly day?

Hell is earnest; fiercely roll
Burning billows near thy soul.
Woe for thee! if thou abide
Unredeemed, unsanctified!

God is earnest: kneel and pray,
Ere thy season pass away—
Ere He set His judgment throne,
Vengeance ready, mercy gone.

Christ is earnest, bids thee Come!
Paid thy spirit’s priceless sum.
Wilt thou spurn the Savior’s love,
Pleading with thee from above?

Thou refusest! wretched one!
Thou despisest God’s dear Son!
Madness! dying sinner, turn!
Lest His wrath within thee burn.

When thy pleasures all depart
What will soothe thy fainting heart?
Friendless, desolate, alone,
Entering a world unknown.

Oh, be earnest! loitering
Thou wilt perish: lingering
Be no longer—rise and flee;
Lo! thy Savior waits for thee.