Scripture Verse

Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but My Father only. Matthew 24:36


Words & Mu­sic: Frank­lin E. Bel­den, in The Gos­pel Awak­en­ing, ed­it­ed by Fran­cis A. Black­mer (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: F. A. Black­mer, 1888), num­ber 66 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Franklin E. Belden
Courtesy of Ellen G. White Estate


We know not the hour
Of the Master’s appearing,
Yet signs all foretell
That the moment is nearing
When He shall return—
’Tis a promise most cheering—
But we know not the hour.


He will come, let us watch and be ready;
He will come, hallelujah! hallelujah!
He will come in the clouds
Of His Father’s bright glory—
But we know not the hour.

There’s light for the wise
Who are seeking salvation;
There’s truth in the book
Of the Lord’s revelation;
Each prophecy points
To the great consummation—
But we know not the hour.


We’ll watch and we’ll pray,
With our lamps trimmed and burning;
We’ll work and we’ll wait
Till the Master’s returning;
We’ll sing and rejoice,
Every omen discerning—
But we know not the hour.