Scripture Verse

Be alert, since you don’t know when the master of the house is coming—whether in the evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning. Mark 13:35

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in Ca­rols of Hope, ed­ite­d by Clar­ence M. Sea­mans, Fred­er­ick S. Stan­ton & Fran­cis A. Black­mer (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1906), page 145.

Music: Klon­dike H. W. Sea­mans (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

When purple twilight gathers,
And friendly stars appear,
When day’s long task is ended,
And quiet time is here,
I fold my hands and listen,
For I think that Christ may come,
And I want Him now at twilight,
When my day’s long task is done.

O glorious, happy promise,
Most comforting and sweet:
The Lord Himself descendeth,
His saints together meet.

The heav’nly trumpet soundeth,
According to His word,
We’re caught up in the glory,
To be ever with the Lord.

So I’m watching and I’m waiting,
Each moment of the day;
It may be noon or evening
When He calleth me away;
It makes the day go faster,
And the trials easier borne,
When I’m thinking every minute—
Today the Lord may come.