Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation.@Hebrews 9:28

Philip P. Bliss, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

One day in 1872 Mr. Bliss heard a conversation between two of his friends, who were speaking on the subject of the return of our Lord. One of the ladies quoted a line from a work of Anna Shipton, This may be the day of His coming, and spoke of the joy and comfort the thought gave her. Mr. Bliss was much impressed, more deeply than ever before, as to the reality of this subject; and a few days after as he was coming downstairs from his room, still occupied with the thought of looking for Christ’s appearing, he commenced singing, Down life’s dark vale we wander, the words and music coming to him as he took the successive steps down the stairs. He at once wrote it down just as we have it to-day in “Gospel Hymns.”

Sankey, p. 301

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Down life’s dark vale we wander,
Till Jesus comes;
We watch and wait and wonder,
Till Jesus comes.

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All joy His loved ones bringing,
When Jesus comes;
All praise through Heaven ringing,
When Jesus comes.
All beauty bright and vernal,
When Jesus comes;
All glory, grand, eternal,
When Jesus comes.

Oh, let my lamp be burning
When Jesus comes;
For Him my soul be yearning
When Jesus comes.

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No more heart pangs nor sadness,
When Jesus comes;
All peace and joy and gladness,
When Jesus comes.

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All doubts and fears will vanish,
When Jesus comes;
All gloom His face will banish,
When Jesus comes.

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He’ll know the way was dreary,
When Jesus comes;
He’ll know the feet grew weary,
When Jesus comes.

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He’ll know what griefs oppressed me,
When Jesus comes;
Oh, how His arms will rest me!
When Jesus comes.

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