A highway shall be there…and it shall be called the way of holiness.@Isaiah 35:8
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Thoro Harris (1874-1955)

Thoro Harris, in Songs for Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings, edited by James R. Murray (Boston, Massachusetts: White & Smith Company, 1876).

John R. Sweney, in The Wells of Salvation: Songs for the Sabbath School, by John Sweney & William J. Kirkpatrick (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1881) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837-1899)

Wherever you may be, whatever you may see,
That would lead you into evil, say you nay,
I will not turn aside; whatever may betide,
I’ll keep along the middle of the King’s highway.

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The King’s highway, the King’s highway,
I’ll keep along the middle of the King’s highway;
I will not turn aside; whatever may betide,
I’ll keep along the middle of the King’s highway.

The meadows may be green, where bypath stile is seen,
Turn aside, the little flowers seem to say;
Be sure you take no heed—they’re trying to mislead—
Just keep along the middle of the King’s highway.

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For on enchanted ground, there’s danger all around,
And a thousand pleasant voices bid you stay,
With fingers stop your ears, and never mind the jeers,
Just keep along the middle of the King’s highway.

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Our God will guide us right, and walking in the light,
We shall win a crown of glory in the day,
When Jesus calls His own together round the throne,
Who keep along the middle of the King’s highway.

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