Scripture Verse

When the morning was…come, Jesus stood on the shore. John 21:4


Martha E. Pettus

Words: Mar­tha E. Pet­tus, The Way­side Shrine (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Sher­man, French & Com­pa­ny, 1914), pag­es 88–89, alt.

Music: Ni­ger­ia James H. Ro­se­crans, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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James H. Rosecrans


When from my sight the last earth-shadow falls,
When life’s last midnight is o’er,
Just as the morn on the river shall dawn,
Jesus will stand on the shore.
Yes, ’twill be morning! The light of His face
Shines down that pathway of gloom;
Vanished thy terror, thy vic­to­ry, Death,
Since He was laid in the tomb!

Since He is ris­en! O rapturous word!
Risen! He goeth before!
When He shall bid me Come over, I know
Jesus will stand on the shore!
How can I fear, then, that river to cross?
(Hushed are its storms ev­er­more);
How can I faint when I watch for His smile,
His, who will stand on the shore?

Yes, He is watching; He stilleth the waves,
Bearing His ransomed ones o’er;
Ready to welcome each pilgrim, He stands
Waiting on Hea­ven’s bright shore.
And I shall see Him, who once on the earth
Robes of mortality wore;
Onward, blest spirit, look onward and see
Jesus—He stands on the shore!

I would have told you! That word of His love
Comforts my soul more and more;
Jordan rolls darkly, but morning is near:
Jesus will stand on the shore!
Spirit of mine, when the shadow of death
Clouds o’er thy heaven, once more
Fear not, Oh, fear not! The river once crossed,
Jesus will stand on the shore!