Scripture Verse

Narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it. Matthew 7:14


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 699. Want of Suc­cess La­ment­ed.

Music: Be­ne­dict­ion (Mann) Ar­thur H. Mann, 1879 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Arthur H. Mann (1850–1929)


Heav’nly truth in love dis­pens­èd;
Few, alas, with joy em­brace:
Closed their eyes and ears to mer­cy,
Sinners slight the God of grace:
Downwards rush with ra­pid pace.

Though Je­ho­vah oft­en speak­eth,
Hardened, they re­fuse to hear,
Carnal plea­sures still pur­su­ing,
They are caught in Sa­tan’s snare:
Yet the world is still their care.

Lord, these care­less souls to waken,
Send Thy Holy Spi­rit down;
Now the la­bors of Thy ser­vants,
With Thy spe­cial bless­ing crown:
To the wan­der­ers,
Be Thy grace and mer­cy shown.

Let fair Zi­on’s sons be ga­thered,
Own Thee as their so­ve­reign head;
In re­mot­est lands and na­tions,
May Thy glo­ri­ous Gos­pel spread:
Power ce­les­ti­al,
Raise to life the nu­mer­ous dead.