Scripture Verse

You have left your first love. Revelation 2:4


Words: Aman­da C. Grif­fith, in Crown­ing Glo­ry No. 2 (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: P. Bil­horn, 1890), num­ber 154.

Music: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Grif­fith (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Peter P. Bilhorn


Drifting away from Christ in thy youth,
Drifting away from mercy and truth,
Drifting to sin in tenderest youth,
Drifting away from God.


Brother, the Savior has called you before,
See! you are nearing eternity’s shore!
Soon you may perish, be lost evermore;
Jesus now calls for you.

Drifting away from mother and home,
Drifting away in sorrow to roam,
Drifting where peace and rest cannot come,
Drifting away from God.


Drifting away on sin’s treacherous tide,
Drifting where death and darkness abide,
Drifting from Heav’n away in your pride,
Drifting away from God.


Drifting away from hope’s blessèd shore,
Drifting away where wild breakers roar;
Drifted and stranded, wrecked evermore,
Far from the light of God.


Why will you drift on billows of shame,
Spurning His grace again and again?
Soon you’ll be lost! in sin to remain,
Ever away from God.