Scripture Verse

Except ye repent, ye shall all…perish. Luke 13:3


Words: Mrs. T. M. Grif­fin, 1887. Pub­lished in The Gos­pel Awak­en­ing, ed­it­ed by Fran­cis A. Black­mer (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: F. A. Blac­kmer, 1888), num­ber 8.

Music: Cam­pi­nas Will­iam E. Penn, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Grif­fin’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William E. Penn (1832–1895)


Have you ev­er closed your heart
To the Sav­ior’s ten­der claim?
Have you ev­er tak­en part
With the world against His name?


Lo! He calls for your re­pent­ance;
Now, poor wan­d’rer, tem­pest tossed,
Hear the Mas­ter’s so­lemn message:
Come re­pent, or you are lost.

Have you heard how Je­sus died
On the cross that you might live?
Have you scorned the crim­son tide
Which eter­nal life can give?


Why in blind­ness do you wait,
Wand’ring far­ther from the light,
Loving things which you should hate,
Sinking deep­er in­to night?


Soon the sum­mer days will go,
And the har­vest time be past,
Then will cease His plead­ing low,
And your doom be sealed at last.


Oh, the tree that bears no fruit
Cannot al­ways cum’bring grow,
For His blade will smite the root,
And its beau­ty be laid low.