Ye servants of the Lord

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Ye servants of the Lord, Each in his office wait

Author: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Published in 453 hymnals

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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

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >


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)



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Ancient and Modern #57

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #842

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #145

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #495


Common Praise (1998) #93

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Common Praise #40

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #757

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CPWI Hymnal #45

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #150

Hymns and Psalms #248

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #598

Hymns Old and New #566

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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #597

The Baptist Hymnal #453


The Cyber Hymnal #7784

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #653

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The New English Hymnal #18

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