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Watching for the Bridegroom

Our Jesus says that He will come

Author: James L. Nicholson
Tune: [Our Jesus says that He will come]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Our Jesus says that he will come
To gather home his own,
And at the supper of the Lamb
We shall with him sit down.

Then we’ll watch for the Bridegroom,
Watch, watch, watch,
Then we’ll watch for the Bridegroom,
And with him enter in.

2 That this may be our happy lot,
Let us be on our guard,
Or else he’ll say, “I know you not,”
When once the door is barred. [Refrain]

3 The foolish ones, with lamps gone out,
Too late their oil would buy,
For, lo, at midnight comes the shout,
Behold! the Bridegroom’s nigh. [Refrain]

4 Oh, when we hear the Bridegroom’s cry,
At morning or at night,
May all our hopes on Christ rely,
And all our lamps be bright. [Refrain]

5 And when we join the blood-washed throng,
And sing the song divine,
This strain shall burst from every tongue,
The glory, Lord, be thine. [Refrain]

Source: Showers of Blessing #65

Author: James L. Nicholson

James L Nicholson United Kingdom/USA 1828-1876. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States around age 25. He lived in Philadelphia, PA, worked as a postal clerk, and was a member of the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church there for about 20 years, where he taught Sunday school, led singing in church, and assisted in evangelical work. This was also hymn writer, William J Kirkpatrick’s, church. Around 1871 he moved to Washington, DC, and worked as a postal clerk there. In addition to his hymn writing, he also wrote several books, one on birds and their care, one on forensic medicine. He died in Washington, DC, but was buried in Philadelphia, PA. John Perry… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Our Jesus says that He will come
Title: Watching for the Bridegroom
Author: James L. Nicholson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Then we'll watch for the bridegroom
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Goodly Pearls for the Sunday School #d103

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Redemption Songs #65

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Sacred Trio #65

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Showers of Blessing #65

Temple Chimes #d206

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The Sacred Trio #65

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