What will you do

What if the watchman should cry aloud

Author: Edwin O. Excell
Tune: [What if the watchman should cry aloud]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 What if the watchman should cry aloud;
And proclaim the day of judgment near?
What would you do if you heard him say,
“You must at the judgment bar appear?”
What would you do?
What would you do?
Say, What would you do?
What would you do if you heard him say,
“You must at the judgment bar appear?”

2 What will you do on that dreadful day,
As before the Judge you trembling wait?
What will you do if the door is shut,
And you hear it said “too late, too late?”
What will you do?
What will you do?
Say, What will you do?
What will you do if the door is shut,
And you hear it said, “too late, too late?”

3 What will you do in that sad, sad hour,
When the Judge has said, “depart” to thee?
What will you do as He turns you back,
If your soul is lost eternally?
What will you do?
What will you do?
Say, What will you do?
What will you do as He turns you back,
If your soul is lost eternally?

Source: Triumphant Songs No.4 #119

Author: Edwin O. Excell

Edwin Othello Excell (December 13, 1851 – June 10, 1921), commonly known as E. O. Excell, was a prominent American publisher, composer, song leader, and singer of music for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Some of the significant collaborators in his vocal and publishing work included Sam P. Jones, William E. Biederwolf, Gipsy Smith, Charles Reign Scoville, J. Wilbur Chapman, W. E. M. Hackleman, Charles H. Gabriel and D. B. Towner. His 1909 stanza selection and arrangement of "Amazing Grace" became the most widely used and familiar setting of that hymn by the second half of the twentieth century. The influence of his sacred music on American popular culture throu… Go to person page >

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First Line: What if the watchman should cry aloud
Title: What will you do
Author: Edwin O. Excell

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