The Handwriting on the Wall

At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords

Author: Knowles Shaw
Tune: [At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords] (Shaw)
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1 At the feast of Belshazzar, and a thousand of his lords,
While they drank from golden vessels, as the Book of Truth records;
In the night as they revel in the royal palace hall,
They were seized with consternation,- 'twas the hand upon the wall.

Chorus or Quartet:
'Tis the hand of God on the wall, (on the wall,)
'Tis the hand of God on the wall; (on the wall;)
Shall the record be, "Found wanting," or shall it be, "Found trusting!"
While that hand is writing on the wall? (writing on the wall.)

2 See the brave captive Daniel, as he stood before the throng,
And rebuked the haughty monarch for his mighty deeds of wrong;
As he read out the writing, 'twas the doom of one and all,
For the kingdom now was finished,- said the hand upon the wall. [Chorus]

3 See the faith, zeal and courage that would dare to do the right,
Which the Spirit gave to Daniel, this the secret of his might;
In his home in Judea, or a captive in the hall-
He understood the writing of his God upon the wall. [Chorus]

4 So our deeds are recorded, there's a Hand that's writing now;
Sinner, give your heart to Jesus, to His royal mandate bow;
For the day is approaching, it must come to one and all,
When the sinner's condemnation will be written on the wall. [Chorus]

Source: The New Praiseworthy for the Church and Sunday School #190

Author: Knowles Shaw

Knowles Shaw (1834-1878), a name familiar in many western households--was born near New London, in Morgan Township, on the 13th of October, 1834. His mother's maiden name was Huldah Griffin, and by both of his parents he was of Scottish extraction. His early life was spent in Rush County, Indiana, where he first began to play the violin, furnishing the music for many a dance. While the ball was going on he was converted, ceasing to play in the middle of the piece he was performing. Very soon thereafter he entered the ministry of the Christian Church. On the 11th of January, 1855, he married Miss Martha Finley. Most of his time after entering the ministry was spent in the West and South, and on account of his wonderful vocal powers he was ca… Go to person page >

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First Line: At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords
Title: The Handwriting on the Wall
Author: K. Shaw
Author: Knowles Shaw
Language: English
Refrain First Line: 'Tis the hand of God on the wall



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