1 "A little while!" our Lord shall come,
And we shall wander here no more;
He’ll take us to our Father’s home,
Where He for us has gone before,
To dwell with Him, to see His face,
And sing the glories of His grace.
2 "A little while!" He’ll come again;
Let us the precious hours redeem;
Our only grief to give Him pain,
Our joy to serve and follow Him;
Watching and ready may we be,
As those who long their Lord to see.
3 "A little while!" ’twill soon be past;
Why should we shun the shame and cross?
O let us in His footsteps haste,
Counting for Him all else but loss;
O how will recompense His smile
The sufferings of this "little while!"
4 "A little while!" come, Savior, come!
For Thee Thy bride has tarried long;
Take Thy poor wearied pilgrims home,
To sing the new eternal song,
To see Thy glory and to be
In everything conformed to Thee!
Deck, James George, eldest son of John Deck, of Bury St. Edmunds, was born in 1802 and educated for the army, and became an officer in the Indian service. Retiring from the army, and having joined the Plymouth Brethren, he undertook, in 1843, the charge of a congregation of that body, at Wellington, Somerset. In 1852 be went abroad and settled in New Zealand. His hymns were published in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837-1838; Psalms and Hymns, &c, London, Walther (containing those in the former collection), 1842; the Wellington Hymn Book, 1857; Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1860. Of his hymns now in use outside his own denomination, the greater part appeared in the 1837-1838 book, and are found in his brother-in-law's (Dr. Walker's) Chelte… Go to person page >
A little while—our Lord shall come. J. G. Deck. [Advent.] Appeared in the Appendix to Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1841, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and later collections of the Plymouth Brethren. It passed into Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Collection, 1855; Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, and others. Original text in Snepp, with stanza i, line 4, “hath gone" for "has gone."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: "A Little While!" Our Lord Shall ComeFirst Line: "A little while!" our Lord shall comeTune Title: LEBANONAuthor: James G. DeckMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1841