1. Sweet promise is giv'n to all who believe,
"Behold I come quickly, mine own to receive;
Hold fast till I come; the danger is great;
Sleep not as do others; be watchful, and wait,"
"Hold fast till I come;" sweet promise of heavn'n,
"The kingdom restored, to you shall be giv'n."
"Come, enter my joy, sit down on my throne;
Bright crowns are in waiting; hold fast till I come."
2. We'll "watch unto pray'r" with lamps burning bright;
He comes to all others a "thief in the night."
We know he is near, but know not the day,
As spring shows that summer is not far away. [Chorus]
3. Yes! this is our hope, 'tis built on His word,
The glorious appearing of Jesus, our Lord;
Of promises all, it stands as the sum:
"Behold I come quickly, hold fast till I come." [Chorus]
Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evangelist Billy Sunday. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >