Scripture Verse

This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14

Introduction

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Wolfgang A. Mozart
(1756–1791)

Words: Hen­ry Down­ton, 1866. Down­town wrote this hymn in Ge­ne­va, Swit­zer­land, where he was Re­si­dent Eng­lish Chap­lain. It was first sung at that year’s an­nu­al meet­ing of the Church Miss­ion­a­ry So­ci­e­ty.

Music: Ell­es­die Wolf­gang A. Moz­art (1756–1791). Ar­ranged by Hu­bert P. Main, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Lord, her watch Thy Church is keeping:
When shall earth Thy rule obey?
When shall end the night of weeping?
When shall break the promised day?
See the whitening harvest languish,
Waiting still the laborers’ toil;
Was it vain, Thy Son’s deep anguish?
Shall the strong retain the spoil?

Tidings, sent to every creature,
Millions yet have never heard:
Can they hear without a preacher?
Lord almighty, give the word!
Give the word! in every nation
Let the Gospel trumpet sound,
Witnessing a world’s salvation,
To the earth’s remotest bound.

Then the end! Thy Church completed,
All Thy chosen gathered in,
With their King in glory seated,
Satan bound, and banished sin
Gone for ever parting, weeping,
Hunger, sorrow, death, and pain;
Lo! her watch Thy Church is keeping;
Come, Lord Jesus, come to reign!