"I Say Unto All, WATCH!"
"Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch" (Mark 13:35-37).
Shall He come and find me Watching,
As the watchers wait for morn,
As the hour of midnight passes,
And the coming day is born?
Shall He come and find me Waiting,
With my loins well girt about,
Staff in hand the more to welcome,
Waiting without fear or doubt?
Shall He come and find me Standing,
From the worldling’s joys apart,
Outside all its mirth and folly,
With a true and loyal heart?
Shall He come and find me Faithful,
To His parting words to me:
If I go a place preparing,
I will quickly come for thee?
Shall He come and find me Working,
In His vanguard full of love,
Laboring only till the glory,
Breaks upon me from above?
Jesus, let me thus be waiting,
Full of hope and love and zeal,
Let Thy coming, to my spirit,
Be a hope Divine and real!