Scripture Verse

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Introduction

Words: Ed­die L. Ad­kins, in New Cen­tu­ry Carols, ed­it­ed by A. F. My­ers (Day­ton, Ohio: Unit­ed Breth­ren Pub­lish­ing House, 1899), num­ber 6.

Music: I. F. Groves (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Groves’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Ad­kins, would you ?

Lyrics

There’s a boat that waits for me,
Moored beside a sunny shore;
It will bear me ’cross the sea,
When the boatman plies his oar.

Refrain

When the boatman plies the oar,
When the boatman plies the oar,
When the bark glides o’er the sea,
When I reach the golden strand,
When I reach the golden strand,
Christ will wait to welcome me.

There’s a crown that waits for me,
In that kingdom vast and grand;
There’s a seat reserved for me,
Over there at God’s right hand.

Refrain

There’s a harp that waits for me,
Strung by hands divinely fair;
Oh, the glories I shall see!
Oh, the blessings I shall share!

Refrain