Scripture Verse

Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. Mark 12:34

Introduction

Words: Fred­er­ic Smith, cir­ca 1881. Ar­ranged in Gos­pel Hymns No. 5, ed­it­ed by Ira San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (New York; Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio and Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: John Church and Big­low & Main, 1887), num­ber 33, alt.

Music: Ira D. San­key, 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Smith (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Ira D. Sankey
(1840–1908)

Lyrics

Not far, not far from the kingdom,
Yet in the shadow of sin;
How many are coming and going!
How few there are entering in!

Refrain

How few there are entering in!
How few there are entering in!
How many are coming and going!
How few there are entering in!

Not far, not far from the kingdom,
Where voices whisper and wait;
Too timid to enter in boldly,
So linger still outside the gate.

Refrain

Away in darkness and danger,
All lost in night and the cold;
There Jesus is waiting to lead you
So tenderly into His fold.

Refrain

Not far, not far from the kingdom,
So near the end of the race;
But oh, you may still be forever
Shut out from yon heavenly place!

Refrain