Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE COMING OF THE LORD, by JONES VERY

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First Line: Come suddenly, o lord, or slowly come
Last Line: Thou wilt to us thy word of promise keep.
Variant Title(s): Take Ye Heed, Watch And Pray
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Theology

Come suddenly, O Lord, or slowly come,
I wait Thy will, Thy servant ready is;
Thou hast prepared Thy follower a home,
The heaven in which Thou dwellest too is his.

Come in the morn, at noon, or midnight deep;
Come, for Thy servant still doth watch and pray
E'en when the world around is sunk in sleep,
I wake, and long to see Thy glorious day.

I would not fix the time, the day, nor hour,
When Thou with all Thine angels shalt appear;
When in Thy kingdom Thou shalt come with power,
E'en now, perhaps, the promised day is near!

For though in slumber deep the world may lie,
And e'en Thy Church forget Thy great command,
Still year by year Thy coming draweth nigh,
And in its power Thy kingdom is at hand.

Not in some future world alone 'twill be,
Beyond the grave, beyond the bounds of time;
But on the earth Thy glory we shall see,
And share Thy triumph, peaceful, pure, sublime.

Lord! help me that I faint not, weary grow,
Nor at Thy coming slumber too, and sleep;
For Thou hast promised, and full well I know
Thou wilt to us Thy word of promise keep.

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