Christ the Lord Cometh

Christ the Lord cometh, perchance at the dawn

Author: E. G. Wesley
Tune: [Christ the Lord cometh]
Published in 10 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Christ the Lord cometh? perchance at the dawn,
Where earth awaketh to welcome the morn;
Hath He not told us the hour draweth near;
Watching and ready, His summons to hear?

Jesus is coming! we know not how soon,
Coming at midnight, at morning or noon;
Evening may bring Him to bear us away;
For Him I’m watching and waiting each day.

2 Christ the Lord cometh? earth’s evening may bring
Back to His vineyard our Savior and King;
Death shall be conquered and sin overthrown
When He returneth to gather His own. [Refrain]

3 Christ the Lord cometh? man knoweth not when,
But when ye think not He cometh again;
To all found watching He bringeth no fear,
Never a shadow, a parting, a tear. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14317

Author: E. G. Wesley

Ernest G. W. Wesley was born and educated in England. At the age of seventeen he started writing for local newspapers. When he was twenty-two he worked as special correspondent for The New York Times in Buenos Aries. While he was in Buenos Aries he became licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He came to the United States in the early 1870's and continued writing and contributing to religious and secular papers. He wrote between five and six hundred hymns and nearly two thousand articles on religious and theological topics. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ the Lord cometh, perchance at the dawn
Title: Christ the Lord Cometh
Author: E. G. Wesley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesus is coming, we know not how soon
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #14317
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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #150


The Cyber Hymnal #14317

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