Scripture Verse

Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Matthew 24:42


Eliza E. Hewitt (1851–1920)

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Pen­te­cos­tal Prais­es, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1898), num­ber 46.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)


Would we pa­tient­ly carry the bur­dens of life,
More trust­ful­ly bear its sor­row,
If but a day long­er would end earth­ly strife,
If Je­sus were com­ing to­mor­row?


Coming in glo­ry to earth again,
Coming in ma­jes­ty He shall reign;
Blessèd de­li­ver­ance His peo­ple obtain,
When Je­sus shall come—some to­mor­row.

Would we cheer­ful­ly work in the Mas­ter’s good cause,
More faith­ful­ly tell the sto­ry,
Upholding the ban­ner of Christ and His cross,
If Je­sus were com­ing to­morrow?


Would we turn from the tri­fles that lure us aside,
Our guide­book more close­ly fol­low,
And seek for the bless­ing that’s ne­ver de­nied,
If Je­sus were com­ing to­mor­row?


Let us dai­ly press on­ward with cour­age and cheer,
And hope from His pro­mise bor­row;
Be watch­ing, and wait­ing for Him to ap­pear,
Today, or it may be to­mor­row.