Lord, her watch thy Church is keepingAuthor: Henry Downton (1867)
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1 Lord, her watch Thy Church is keeping:
When shall earth Thy rule obey?
When shall end the night of weeping?
When shall break the promised day?
See the whitening harvest languish,
Waiting still the laborers' toil;
Was it vain, Thy Son's deep anguish?
Shall the Strong retain the spoil?
2 Tidings, sent to every creature,
Millions yet have never heard:
Can they hear without a preacher?
Lord almighty, give the word!
Give the word! in every nation
Let the gospel trumpet sound,
Witnessing a world's salvation,
To the earth's remotest bound.
3 Then the end! Thy Church completed,
All Thy chosen gathered in,
With their King in glory seated,
Satan bound, and banished sin;
Gone for ever parting, weeping,
Hunger, sorrow, death, and pain;
Lo! her watch Thy Church is keeping;
Come, Lord Jesus, come to reign!
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
Lord, her watch Thy Church is keeping. H. Downton. [Foreign Missions.] Written for a meeting of the Church Missionary Society, and first published in Barry's Psalms & Hymns, 1867, No. 170, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and again in the author's Hymns & Verses, 1873, p. 1. It is also found in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875; Thring's Collection, 1882, and many others in Great Britain and America, and ranks with the best of the author's compositions. It is sometimes given as "Lord, Thy Church her watch is keeping," as in Common Praise, 1879, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Small Church Music #1250||Everton||Lord, her watch Thy Church is keeping||EVERTON||Henry Downton||188.8.131.52.D|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3718||Lord, Her Watch Thy Church Is Keeping||Lord, her watch Thy Church is keeping:||ELLESDIE||Henry Downton||87.87 D|