Scripture Verse

Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching. Luke 12:37


Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 210: The ac­tive Chris­tian.

Music: Na­ren­za ad­apt­ed from the Ka­thol­ische Kirch­en­ge­sang (Co­logne, Ger­ma­ny: 1619) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


Ye ser­vants of the Lord,
Each in his of­fice wait,
Observant of His hea­ven­ly Word,
And watch­ful at His gate.

Let all your lamps be bright,
And trim the gold­en flame,
Gird up your loins, as in His sight,
For aw­ful is His name.

Watch, ’tis your Lord’s com­mand,
And while we speak, He’s near;
Mark the first sig­nal of His hand,
And rea­dy all ap­pear.

O hap­py ser­vant he,
In such a pos­ture found!
He shall His Lord with rap­ture see,
And be with ho­nor crowned.

Christ shall the ban­quet spread
With His own roy­al hand,
And raise that faith­ful ser­vant’s head
Amidst the an­gel­ic band.