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.