Scripture Verse

As lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:27


Words: Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Ho­ly Voic­es, ed­it­ed by Isai­ah Balt­zell & Ed­mund Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Will­iam J. Shu­ey, 1883), num­ber 134.

Music: Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ser­voss (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)


As the lightning’s bright flash
On the eastern horizon
Sweeps over the sky
When a storm draweth near;
So the people of earth Shall
Awake to the coming
Of Him who will soon in
His glo­ry appear.


Then be watching and waiting,
Then be watching and waiting,
For we know not the hour
When He cometh in power!
Then be watching and waiting,
The Lord will appear!

Oh, who then shall go forward
In triumph to meet Him;
And who shall be scattered
Like terrified flocks?
Who shall lift up glad voices
With praises to greet Him,
And who for a shelter
Will cry to the rocks?


Oh, the children of faith who
Await His appearing
Shall joy in His presence
And bask in His love;
For their souls have been washed in
The blood of His ransom,
And fitted through Him for
The glo­ry above.