Scripture Verse

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth. Revelation 16:15

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 859.

Music: Fair­field Pe­ter La Trobe (1795–1863) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of La Trobe (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Let all the sons of light
Expect their Lord to come,
Unlooked for, in the dead of night,
A sleeping world to doom:
Let all who Jesus know,
To meet their God prepare,
And pass their every hour below
In watching unto prayer.

Long as I watch, I keep
The blessing once bestowed,
But forfeit, if again I sleep,
The richest grace of God;
Exposed and stripped of all,
Th’apostate’s doom I feel,
And from perfection’s summit fall
Into the deepest hell.