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Waiting for the Light

I am waiting, O my Father

Author: John R. Sweney
Tune: [I am waiting, O my Father]
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I am waiting, O my Father,
For the coming of the light,—
For the sunshine of thy presence,
That shall lift the clouds of night.

I am waiting for thy footstep,
As it comes toward my door;—
O, my Father, enter quickly,
Leave me never, never more.

2 I am waiting, blessed Saviour,
Let thy presence light my way,
Let thy loving hand e’er lead me,
Let me never from thee stray. [Refrain]

3 I am waiting, Lord, why tarry?
Enter quick the open door,
Let me feel that thou art with me,
And I ask for nothing more. [Refrain]

4 I am waiting, O my Father,
Yet I see the coming light,
Yet I feel thy tender presence,
Never more shall it be night. [Refrain]

Source: Precious Hymns for Times of Refreshing and Revival #13

Author: John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy. Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregati… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I am waiting, O my Father
Title: Waiting for the Light
Author: John R. Sweney
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I am waiting for thy footsteps
Copyright: Public Domain



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