Scripture Verse

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 1 John 3:13


Words: Flor­ence El­rod-Nor­ris, in New Songs of Praise, by Al­fred E. Hel­ton et al. (Le­noir, North Ca­ro­li­na: Teach­ers’ Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1913), num­ber 112.

Music: G. A. Box (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Box’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or El­rod-Nor­ris,


Marvel not when friends forsake you,
For the world is ever vain;
Only seeking sinful pleasures
And the joys of earthly gain.


Marvel not whate’er befall you,
Trust the Savior all the way,
For one day He’ll bear you safely
To the realms of brightest day.

Marvel not, oh! unbeliever,
If your way is rough and bare;
Marvel not, for without Jesus,
You no holy joys shall share.


Marvel not that Satan’s power
Can allure a soul to strife;
Keep your own heart fixed on Jesus,
And you’ll win eternal life.