Scripture Verse

Master, You entrusted two talents to me; here I have gained two talents more. Matthew 25:22


Words: Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Ho­ly Voic­es, ed­it­ed by Isai­ah Balt­zell & Ed­mund Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Will­iam J. Shu­ey, 1883), num­ber 125.

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)


Waiting for His com­ing, toil­ing as I wait;
But a hum­ble work­er, in His vast es­tate;
Yet my sin­gle tal­ent must not idle lie,
He will ask the in­crease of me by and by.


Waiting for the com­ing of the King of kings!
Be it soon or late, I’m work­ing as I wait;
How my heart re­joic­es, of His glo­ry sings,
Waiting for the King of kings.

Tho’ my lot be wea­ry—toil­ing since the spring,
Yet a time of rest­ing com­eth with my king;
Now the whit­ened har­vest waits the will­ing hand,
And the call for reap­ers sound­eth through the land.


Toiling in the morn­ing, ’neath the sun-bright ray;
Toiling still when ev­en­ing draws his cur­tains gray;
Yet though oft­en trou­bled—wea­ry of earth’s guile,
All will be for­got­ten, when I see His smile.