When all the great plants of our
Have turned out their last finished work;
When our merchants have
made their last bargain
And dismissed the last tired clerk.
banks have raked in the last dollar
And have paid out the last dividend;
When the Judge of the earth says, "Close for the night,"
And asks for a
balance - What then?
When the choir has sung its last anthem,
preacher has said his last prayer,
When the people have heard their last
And the sound has died out on the air;
When the Bible lies closed
on the pulpit,
And the pews are all empty of men,
When each one stands
facing his record -
And the great book is opened - What then?
When the actors have played their last drama
And the mimic has
made his last Pun;
When the movies have flashed the last picture,
the billboard displayed its last run.
When the crowds seeking pleasure have
And have gone into darkness again -
And the world that rejected
Is asked for a reason - What then?
When the bugle’s
last call sinks in silence,
And the long marching columns stand still;
When the captain has given his last orders,
And they’ve captured the
last fort and hill,
When the flag has been hauled from the masthead,
the wounded afield have checked in,
When the trumpet of ages is sounded -
And we stand up before Him - What then?
When your life friend has run
to a finish,
And the last you can do is then done;
When your work here
on earth is all ended,
And eternity’s issues begun.
As you think of how
long God has pleaded,
Of how Christ bore your sins on the tree;
soul stands there naked before Him,
And the Father denies you - What then?
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