I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Words: Katherine M. Reasoner, in Sacred Songs and Solos, by Ira D. Sankey, 1881. Note: In another edition of Sankey’s book, the words are credited to W. L. Alexander; however, Reasoner is also shown as the author in Gospel Hymns No. 6, by Sankey et. al (Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1891), number 74.
If you know where to get a good photo of Reasoner (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
I am waiting for the Master,
Who will bid me rise and come
To the glory of His presence,
To the gladness of His home.
They are watching at the portal,
They are waiting at the door;
Waiting only for my coming,
All the loved ones gone before.
Many a weary path I’ve traveled,
In the darkest storm and strife,
Bearing many a heavy burden,
Often struggling for my life.
Many friends that traveled with me,
Reached that portal long ago;
One by one they left me battling
With the dark and crafty foe.
Yes, their pilgrimage was shorter,
And their triumph sooner won;
Oh, how lovingly they’ll greet me
When the toils of life are done.