1 Ye servants of the Lord,
each in his office wait,
observant of his heavenly word,
and watchful at his gate.
2 Let all your lamps be bright,
and trim the golden flame;
gird up your loins as in his sight,
for aweful is his name.
3 Watch! 'tis your Lord's command,
and while we speak, he's near;
mark the first signal of his hand,
and ready all appear.
4 O happy servant he
in such a posture found!
he shall his Lord with rapture see,
and be with honour crowned.
5 Christ shall the banquet spread
with his own royal hand,
and raise that faithful servant's head
amid the angelic band.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #57
|First Line:||Ye servants of the Lord, Each in his office wait|
|Title:||Ye servants of the Lord|
|Author:||Philip Doddridge (1755)|
Ye servants of the Lord, Each in his office wait. P. Doddridge. [Christian Activity and Zeal.] Appeared in J. Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 210, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The active Christian"; and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 234. It is in extensive use, and usually in its ori-ginal form. Sometimes, however, stanza v. 1. 3, “And raise that favourite Servant's head," is altered to "And raise that faithful servant's head."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)