Scripture Verse

Watch…for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:42


Words: Ro­bert L. Flet­cher, in The Gos­pel Choir No. 2, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (New York: Big­low & Main, 1895), num­ber 87.

Music: James Mc­Gra­na­han (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Flet­cher (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

James McGranahan (1840–1907)



We are watch­ing, we are wait­ing
Till the mists shall clear away,
And our Lord shall come in glo­ry
With His saints in bright ar­ray;
When the trump of God re­sound­ing,
Shall be heard on ev­ery shore,
And the dead in Christ shall wak­en
To be with Him ev­er­more.


We are watch­ing, we are wait­ing,
For the dawn­ing of that glo­ri­ous day,
For the com­ing of our Sav­ior,
With His saints in bright ar­ray.

We are look­ing for the com­ing
Of our great and glo­ri­ous king,
Who shall ban­ish from His pre­sence
Every dark and ev­il thing;
When His jus­tice and His mer­cy
Shall pre­vail in all the world,
And o’er ev­ery tribe and na­tion
Shall His ban­ner be un­furled.


Now by faith we catch a vi­sion
Of that glad mil­len­ni­al reign,
And be­hold the ran­somed mill­ions
Who shall foll­ow in His train;
And our hearts cry out, Come quick­ly,
That His beau­ty we may see,
And be with our Lord in glo­ry
Thro’ a blest eter­ni­ty.