Advent Hymnals

048. THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL

Christ in Song,

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 reveled in the royal palace hall,
They were seiz'd with consternation, at the hand upon the wall.

Chorus:
'Tis the hand of God on the wall,
'Tis the hand of God on the wall.
Shall the record be "Found wanting,"
Or shall it be "Found trusting,"
While the hand is 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 "is writing of his God 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,
Yet he understood the writing of his God upon the wall.  [Chorus]

4.
All our deeds are recorded; there's a land 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 the wall.  [Chorus]


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Title The Handwriting on the Wall
Key E♭ Major
Titles 'Tis the hand of God on the wall,
First Line At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords
Author Knowles Shaw
Year 1908
Composer undefined
Hymnal -
Tune At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords
Metrical pattern
# Stanzas
Chorus
Chorus Type
Subjects Invitation and Repentance; Invitation and Repentance: The Judgment; Special Selections: Solos
Texts Daniel 5:5
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