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Christian children, Advent bids you
meet your Lord upon his way;
watch, for now the night is waning,
soon will dawn the endless day.
Christian children, Jesus bids you
daily pray "Thy kingdom come;"
watch, and wait for his appearing
till he come to take you home.
Christian children, he anoints you
with his Spirit from above;
see then that your lamps be burning
with the fire of faith and love.
Christian children, when we think not
we shall hear the aweful cry,
"Go ye forth to meet the Bridegroom;
haste, for Jesus draweth nigh!"
Christian children, they shall meet him,
faithful children of the light;
they whose lamps are trimmed and burning,
and their garments pure and white.
O how blessed to fall before him!
O how blessed his praise to sing!
Love him, serve him, and adore him,
in the city of our King!
Esther Wiglesworth (1827-1904), 1881