Our friends are gathering, one by one,
To meet the blessèd Lord;
How soon this earthly journey’s done,
And then the rich reward.
Wait, patiently wait,
Wait, patiently wait;
Wait for His coming,
Be it early, be it late.
What wondrous sounds the earth shall greet,
When comes the midnight cry:
The Lord is come! go out to meet
The Bridegroom passing by.
With lamps well trimmed, we’ll watch and wait,
All ready for that day;
And come He early, come He late,
We’ll meet Him on the way.
And then, the ransomed hosts shall join
Around the great white throne;
All praise and glory shall be Thine,
Thou Lord and King alone.