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I Expect to Be There

When the Savior shall call for his saints

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [When the Saviour shall call]
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When the Saviour shall call
For the saints one and all,
To come home and his glory to share,
When his people all meet
On the great golden street,
By his help, I expect to be there.

I expect to be there,
And his glory to share,
When the morning shall dawn bright and fair,
When his loved and his own
Stand around the white throne,
Praise the Lord, I expect to be there.

2 Not because I am good,
But alone thro' the blood,
I shall meet him some day in the air;
When the dead shall arise,
And ascend to the skies,
On that day I expect to be there. [Chorus]

3 If from sin I am free,
There's a mansion for me,
Which the Saviour has gone to prepare;
When our Saviour shall come,
And the saints find a home
With the saved I expect to be there. [Chorus]

4 So I'll still press my way,
Tho' thro' trials each day,
I will never give up in despair,
For when life's race is run,
And the Lord says "well done,"
By his grace I expect to be there. [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.) #158

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the Savior shall call for his saints
Title: I Expect to Be There
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: I expect to be there
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns of Grace and Glory #d239

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The Golden Sheaf #158

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