Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William E. Penn
(1832–1895)

Lyrics

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

Refrain

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?

Refrain

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

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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.

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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.

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