Be…ready…for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.@Luke 12:40

Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Notes of Tri­umph, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund Lo­renz & Is­ai­ah Balt­zell (Day­ton, Ohio: Unit­ed Breth­ren Pub­lish­ing House, 1886), num­ber 147.

Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)

Always ready for the coming
Of the feet we long to kiss;
Always ready for the message
From the land of endless bliss:

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Strive, my soul, to ready be
When thy Savior calls for thee;
Strive, my soul, to ready be
When thy Savior calls for thee.
Cometh He in dark of night?
Cometh He in day’s broad light?
Strive, my soul, to ready be
When thy Savior calls for thee.

Always ready! How can mortals
Learn in readiness to wait?
If we strive to do each duty
We shall meet Him at the gate:

Refrain

Always ready with the message
Of a Savior’s tender love:
Patient with the weak and erring,
Winning souls to dwell above:

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Always ready in the beauty
Of a soul that loves to trust,
Sure of dwelling with the Father
When its dust returns to dust.

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