350. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

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1 Keep your lamps trimmed and burning;
keep your lamps trimmed and burning;
keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
for the time is drawing nigh.

Refrain:
Sisters, don’t grow weary;
brothers, don’t grow weary;
children, don’t grow weary,
for the time is drawing nigh.

2 It’s our faith makes us happy;
it’s our faith makes us happy;
it’s our faith makes us happy,
for the time is drawing nigh. [Refrain]

3 We are climbing Jacob’s ladder;
we are climbing Jacob’s ladder;
we are climbing Jacob’s ladder,
for the time is drawing nigh. [Refrain]

4 Every round goes higher, higher;
every round goes higher, higher;
every round goes higher, higher,
for the time is drawing nigh. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
Title: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13; Galatians 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:2
Topic: Christian Life; Christ's Return and Judgment; Faith1 more...
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sisters, don't grow weary
Tune Information
Name: KEEP YOUR LAMPS
Meter: 7.7.7.7 with refrain
Key: f minor
Source: African American spiritual


Text Information:

This African American spiritual has a biblical basis in the parable of the ten maidens (Matthew 25:1–13), but the text actually sung could vary greatly. Such variation can be seen here in the annexing of an often freestanding spiritual based on Jacob’s vision (Genesis 28:10–17).


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