Ye know not when the master of the house cometh.@Mark 13:35
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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Philip P. Bliss, Sunshine for Sunday Schools (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church / George F. Root & Sons, 1873).

James McGranahan (🔊 pdf nwc).

These words, Mr. Bliss has told me, were suggested to him in reading the book “Gates Ajar” and criticisms upon it. His idea was that what we may know from the Scripture, that we shall be with the Lord, is sufficient, and that we may be happily content in saying of all that is mere speculation, I know not, offsetting it by what we are permitted to say I know. The music for the words was composed by his friend, James McGranahan, while visiting Mr. Bliss. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bliss loved the song very much and often sang it together, and have both told me of how the tune came to Mr. McGranahan. Mr. Bliss had handed him the words and asked him to see what he could get for a tune. He worked upon it a long time, making harmonies and trying to satisfy himself with something that would properly express the words, but without success. When supper time came he did not care for supper, and when bed time came they all went to their rooms leaving him in the parlor at the piano. He worked away for some time, but, dissatisfied with the result, lay down upon the floor and fell into a doze. After a little while he woke up, and the tune, chorus and all had come—different from the harmonies he had worked upon, but just the thing. In the morning he sang it to Bliss, who was delighted with it and immediately adopted it for use.

Whittle, pp. 134-5

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James McGranahan (1840-1907)

I know not the hour when my Lord will come
To take me away to His own dear home;
But I know that His presence will lighten the gloom,
And that will be glory for me.
And that will be glory for me,
Oh, that will be glory for me!
But I know that His presence will lighten the gloom,
And that will be glory for me.

I know not the song that the angels sing,
I know not the sound of the harps’ glad ring;
But I know there’ll be mention of Jesus our King,
And that will be music for me.
And that will be music for me,
Oh, that will be music for me!
But I know there’ll be mention of Jesus our King,
And that will be music for me.

I know not the form of my mansion fair,
I know not the name that I then shall bear;
But I know that my Savior will welcome me there,
And that will be Heaven for me.
And that will be Heaven for me,
Oh, that will be Heaven for me.
But I know that my Savior will welcome me there,
And that will be Heaven for me.