Scripture Verse

Go away for now! When I have time, I’ll send for you. Acts 24:25


Words: E. J. Bar­ber, in Songs for Je­sus No. 5, by Frank M. Gra­ham (Greens­bo­ro, Georg­ia: Frank M. Gra­ham, 1914), num­ber 116.

Music: Fris­co Jes­se B. Har­din, 1914 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


In the days of early childhood,
While my heart yet knew no care,
Jesus came and softly whispered,
Shun the tempter’s fatal snare.


Then I said, O gentle Sav­ior,
Ere I am by sin beset,
I will surely heed Thy warning,
Tho’ I am not rea­dy yet.

He is waiting, hoping, planning
In his wild satanic glee,
To destroy thy soul for­ev­er,
But I’ll save thee—come to Me.


On in sin I blindly wandered,
By the tempter’s voice beguiled,
Never pausing to consider
That my soul was sin defiled.


On the brink of death’s dark river,
I must wait in deep despair,
Heaven’s portals closed against me,
None that’s sinful enter there.