Scripture Verse

I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:12

Introduction

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George C. Hugg
1848–1907

Words: Em­ma Tif­fa­ny, in Light in the Val­ley (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1898), page 124.

Music: George C. Hugg (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Tif­fa­ny (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

The test­ing time is ve­ry near,
When at Christ’s bar we must ap­pear;
Must ap­pear, must ap­pear,
When at Christ’s bar we must ap­pear.

Refrain

Oh, my soul, art thou rea­dy to appear
At the bar, when the judg­ment day is here?
With no coun­sel at thy side,
When the book is op­ened wide,
Oh, my soul, art thou rea­dy to ap­pear?

Our sec­ret thoughts will then be known,
We can­not then for sin atone;
Sin atone, sin atone,
We can­not then for sin atone.

Refrain

We then may call, but all in vain,
Too late! our guilt will still re­main;
Still re­main, still re­main,
Too late! our guilt will still r­emain.

Refrain

O sin­ner, come, e’er Hea­ven’s door
Is closed, to op­en ne­ver­more;
Nevermore, ne­ver­more,
Is closed, to open ne­ver­more.

Refrain

Then when the test­ing time doth come
You’ll find in Heav’n sweet rest and home;
Rest and home, rest and home,
You’ll find in Heav’n sweet rest and home.

Refrain