The breaking of the day

'Tis almost time for the Lord to come

Author: G. W. Sederquist
Published in 38 hymnals

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1 'Tis almost time for the Lord to come,
I hear the people say,
The stars of heaven are growing dim,
It must be the breaking of the day.

O it must be the breaking of the day,
O it must be the breaking of the day.
The night is almost gone,
The day is coming on,
O it must be the breaking of the day.

2 The signs foretold in the sun and moon,
In earth, and sea, and sky;
Aloud proclaim to the race of men,
That the coming of the Master draweth nigh. [Chorus]

3 It must be time for the waiting church
To cast her pride away;
With girded loins and burning lamps,
To look for the breaking of the day. [Chorus]

4 There must be those in the field of sin,
Far from the fold astray.
Who once were happy in Jesus' love,
And looking for the breaking of the day. [Chorus]

5 Go quickly out in the streets and lanes,
And in the broad highway,
And call the maimed, the halt and blind,
To be ready for the breaking of the day. [Chorus]

Source: The Golden Sheaf: a collection of choice hymns and songs especially designed for Sunday schools, loyal worker's meetings, prayer and social services (Enl. ed.) #7

Author: G. W. Sederquist

From The World's Crisis, 13 April 1921, p.7: "Elder Sederquist was born in Lower Granville, Nova Scotia, according to the narrative in his Life and Labors, Sept. 10, 1838. He was converted about the first of the year 1863, was baptized in February, and was soon out in the field in Gospel work, with open doors for his labors. After a few years he accepted the Adventist faith, and in the spring of 1871 entered the United States and took up his home in Lynn [Mass.]." --Entire article available in the DNAH Archives. Also available is a short article (and photo) about Sederquist in the Messiah's Advocate, 7 December 1910. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Tis almost time for the Lord to come
Title: The breaking of the day
Author: G. W. Sederquist
Refrain First Line: O, it must be the breaking of the day
Copyright: Public Domain



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