Scripture Verse

The bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10

Introduction

Words: Lil­li­an Rai­nor, in The Re­viv­al Help­er, by Charles W. Ray (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: S. Brai­nard’s Sons, 1893), page 207.

Music: Frank Niel­sen (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Of whom shall it ever be said, Too late,
Too late for the mansions fair?
And whom shall we find at the pearly gate,
Made meet for a welcome there?

Refrain

O do not delay, but while you may,
In haste to the Savior bow;
Alas! if thine ear the words should hear,
Ye cannot enter now.

Of whom shall it ever be said, Too late,
To enter thro’ mercy’s door?
The Savior no longer for thee can wait,
Nor tenderly woo thee more.

Refrain

To whom shall it ever be said, Too late,
Naught can for thee now avail!
Once spurning thy Savior and advocate,
All else for thy help must fail.

Refrain

O turn to the Savior, no longer wait;
He tenderly calls today,
O why from the beautiful pearly gate
Should any be turned away?

Refrain