Only waiting till the shadows

Only waiting till the shadows

Author: Frances L. Mace
Tune: [Only waiting till the shadows] (Sankey)
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1. Only waiting till the shadows
Are a little longer grown;
Only waiting till the glimmer
Of the day’s last beam is flown;
Till the night of death is faded
From the heart once full of day;
Till the stars of heav’n are breaking
Thro’ the twilight soft and gray.

2. Only waiting till the reapers
Have the last sheaf gathered home;
For the summertime has faded
And the autumn winds have come.
Quickly, reapers! gather quickly,
All the ripe hours of my heart;
For the bloom of life has withered,
And I hasten to depart.

3. Only waiting till the angels
Open wide the pearly gate,
At whose portals long I’ve lingered
Weary, poor and desolate:
Even now I hear their footsteps,
And their voices far away;
If they call me, I am waiting,
Only waiting to obey.

4. Waiting for a brighter dwelling
Than I ever yet have seen,
Where the tree of life is blooming,
And the fields are ever green:
Waiting for my full redemption,
When my Savior shall restore,
All that sin has caused to wither;
Age and sorrow come no more.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7095

Author: Frances L. Mace

Mace, Frances P., née Laughton, was born in Orono, Maine, Jan. 15, 1836, and married in 1855 to Benjamin H. Mace, a Lawyer of Bangor. Her hymn "Only waiting till the shadows" (Heaven Anticipated), was written in 1854, and printed in a local newspaper, the Waterville Mail (Maine), Sep. 7, 1854, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. It has attained a wide circulation in Great Britain and America. Full text in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. See Woman in Sacred Song, 1885, p. 139, for counter-claim on behalf of Mrs. F. A. F. Wood-White. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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Author: Frances L. Mace



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