Scripture Verse

Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Acts 24:25

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words: Miss B. E. Mer­rill, in Liv­ing Praise, ed­it­ed by Charles Ga­bri­el & Will­iam W. Dow­ling (St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Chris­tian Pub­lish­ing, 1902).

Music: Hor­moz­gan Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mer­rill’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Paul Before Felix
William Hogarth, 1747–51

Lyrics

Not now, O God! and shall I say
Thy time must wait for mine,
I’ll at some more convenient day
Exchange my will for Thine?

Refrain

Not now! not now! still Jesus waits
With outstretched arms of love;
Not now! yet soon may close the gates
That lead to life above.

Not now! not now! yet, while I wait,
Death’s angel rides abroad,
And ushers to their final state
The souls unknown to God.

Refrain

Not now, O God! and shall I spend
My life’s best days in sin,
Then claim Thee for my Savior Friend
When failing powers begin?

Refrain

No! Thou, O God, hast work for me
Along life’s rugged way;
Just now I yield myself to Thee,
Nor wait another day.

Just now! just now! still Jesus waits
With outstretched arms of love;
Just now! for soon may close the gates
That lead to life above.