Poems - The Fourth Watch

The Fourth Watch

Verse 1
The roaring sea of nations in upheaval,
The church afloat upon the angry foam,
The LORD, a Watcher, sees her toil, her peril,
And in the fourth watch of the night He’ll come.

Verse 2 Midnight has passed: eyes strain thro’ inky darkness,
But see not yet the shining of His face:
Lest hearts should faint, or hope should fold her pinions,
The morning star in yonder heavens we trace.

Verse 3
The morning star gleams on the rolling billows,
A radiant light amid the angry storm:
Within its beams we toil in rowing, saying,
“In the fourth watch, perchance, we’ll see His face.”

Verse 4
In the fourth watch–so toil a little longer,
Battling against the storm, the wind, the tide.
How soon we shall forget it all, beloved,
When, with our Lord, we reach the other side!

“And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear.’”
Mark 6:47-50

“and I will give him the morning star.”
Revelation 2:28

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