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Waiting, Only Waiting

Only waiting till the shadows are a little longer grown

Author: Frances L. Mace
Published in 103 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Only waiting till the shadows
Are a little longer grown;
Only waiting till the glimmer
Of the day's last beam has flown;
Till the night of earth is faded
From the heart once full of day,
Till the stars of heaven are breaking
Thro' the twilight soft and gray.

Only waiting till the shadows
Are a little longer grown;
Only waiting till the glimmer
Of the day's last beam is flown.

2. Only waiting till the angels
Open wide the mystic gate,
At whose feet I long have waited,
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. [Chorus]

3. Only waiting till the reapers
Shall the ripe sheaves gather home;
For the summer time is faded,
And the autumn leaves have come.
Quickly, reapers, quickly gather
Those who with expectant heart,
For thy coming long have waited;
They are eager to depart. [Chorus]

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 Saviour shall restore
All that sin has caused to wither;
Shall restore to change no more. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #133

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Only waiting till the shadows are a little longer grown
Title: Waiting, Only Waiting
Author: Frances L. Mace
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


[Only waiting till the shadows] (Hull)

[Only waiting till the shadows] (Sankey)


John Ambrose Lloyd (b. Mold, Flintshire, Wales, 1815; d. Liverpool, England, 1874) [composed] EIFIONYDD. The tune...appeared in Ieuan Gwyllt's (John Roberts's) important tune book Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol (1859). Largely self-taught, Lloyd was a major presence in the Welsh music scene of his day. H…

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