Scripture Verse

Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Genesis 19:17

Introduction

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William B. Collyer
(1782–1854)

Words: Will­iam B. Coll­yer, in A Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Au­thors, by John Rip­pon, sev­enth ed­i­tion, 1827.

Music: Clo­la­ta W. St. Clair Palm­er, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of St. Clair Palm­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah

Lyrics

Haste, traveler, haste! the night comes on,
And many a shining hour is gone;
The storm is gathering in the west,
And thou art from home and rest.

O far from home thy footsteps stray;
Christ is the life, and Christ the way,
And Christ the light; thy setting sun
Sinks ere thy morning is begun.

Awake, awake! pursue thy way
With steady course, while yet ’tis day;
While thou art sleeping on the ground,
Danger and darkness gather round.

The rising tempest sweeps the sky;
The rains descend, the winds are high;
The waters swell, and death and fear
Beset thy path, nor refuge near.

O yes! a shelter you may gain,
A covert from the wind and the rain,
A hiding-place a rest, a home,
A refuge from the wrath to come.

Then linger not in all the plain,
Flee for thy life, the mountain gain;
Look not behind, make no delay,
O speed thee, speed thee on thy way!

Poor, lost, benighted soul! art thou
Wiling to find salvation now?
There yet is hope; hear mercy’s call:
Truth! Life! Light! Way! in Christ is all!