Scripture Verse

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.@Matthew 24:36

Introduction

Words: Harry South­wick, in The Shin­ing Ri­ver, ed­it­ed by Hen­ry Per­kins & Will­iam O. Per­kins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1875), num­ber 50.

Music: Dae­jon Peter For­rest (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Thro’ life’s dark vales and shadows,
Till Christ shall come,
We’ll wander on our journey,
Till Christ shall come;
E’en tho’ the way seems dreary,
Till Christ shall come,
We’ll bear our burdens meekly,
Till Christ shall come;
Then, with the holy angels,
Singing God’s love,
With friends and saints immortal
In realms above:
Singing with hallelujahs,
Triumphant songs
To God the Son and Spirit
All praise belongs.

We’ll struggle on and labor,
Till Christ shall come,
Helping our weary neighbor,
Till Christ shall come;
’Twill make the way less dreary,
Till Christ shall come,
To keep the sad and weary,
Till Christ shall come;
Then, oh, what glory waits us,
In Heav’n to sing;
Our Father’s smiles to greet us
Pure joys will bring;
Then, O my soul, take courage,
Rest in His love
Till Christ shall come to take us
To Heav’n above.

We’ll thank our heav’nly Father,
Till Christ shall come,
For sunshine, shower and shadow,
Till Christ shall come:
With lamps all full and waiting
Till Christ shall come,
We’ll keep them trimmed and burning
Till Christ shall come;
Then to His fold in glory,
Where all is fair;
His arms are strong to take us
With loving care;
Then, on the wings of morning,
We’ll soar away,
By waters and green pastures,
To endless day.