Scripture Verse

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Luke 21:25–26


Words: Will­iam C. Gage, in the Se­venth-Day Ad­vent­ist Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by Ed­win Barnes & Frank­lin E. Bel­den (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: Re­view & Her­ald, 1888), num­ber 1333.

Music: Hen­ry C. Work (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Gage (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Henry C. Work (1832–1884)


O’er all the land have the signs now ap­peared,
Telling us soon our dear Sav­ior will come;
Long has the worn pil­grim watched, hoped and feared,
Waiting for the bless­èd hope; O come, Sav­ior, come.


Sound forth the tid­ings, long, loud and clear;
Jesus is com­ing, and soon will ap­pear;
All hearts re­spond as we long for our home,
Quickly come, O bless­èd Jesus;
Come, Sav­ior, come.

Signs in the sun and the moon and the stars,
Faithfully show that the great day is near;
Nations dis­tressed by the ru­mors of wars,
And the hearts of wick­ed men are fail­ing for fear.


These, to the pil­grim, are omens of cheer;
Toiling and sigh­ing in life’s gloomy way;
All, all pro­claim that the Sav­ior is near,
And the light is dawn­ing of that soon com­ing day.


Then let us ral­ly, and fresh cour­age take;
Soon we will hear our dear Lord’s lov­ing voice;
Those who will now all their er­rors for­sake,
Soon the pear­ly gates will en­ter; sing and re­joice.