Scripture Verse

Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.@Mark 13:32

Introduction

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Horatius Bonar
(1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar (1808–1889).

Music: Men­lo Park George C. Steb­bins, cir­ca 1896 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George C. Stebbins
(1846–1945)

Lyrics

I know not when the Lord will come,
Or at what hour He may appear,
Whether at midnight or at morn,
Or at what season of the year.

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I only know that He is near,
And that His voice I soon shall hear;
I only know that He is near,
And that His voice I soon shall hear;

I know not what of time remains,
To run its course, in this low sphere,
Or what awaits of calm or storm,
Of joy or grief, or hope or fear.

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I know not what is yet to run
Of spring or summer, green or sear,
Of death or life, of pain or peace,
Of shade or shine, of song or tear.

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The centuries have come and gone,
Dark centuries of absence drear;
I dare not chide the long delay,
Nor ask when I His voice shall hear.

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I do not think it can be long,
Till in His glory He appear;
And yet I dare not name the day,
Nor fix the solemn advent year.

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