Scripture Verse

I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Luke 12:19–20


Words: Stel­la M. Thomp­son, in New Songs of Praise, by Al­fred E. Hel­ton et al. (Le­noir, North Ca­ro­li­na: Teach­ers’ Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1913), num­ber 56.

Music: Hor­ace H. Hol­ley (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Thomp­son or Hol­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Tho’ you’ve wan­dered, poor sin­ner,
Away from the light,
The Re­deem­er will wel­come you home;
But you list to the tempt­er
And say, Not to­night,
In the fu­ture some time I will come.


Not to­night, I will wait,
For the path­way of sin seems so bright;
It will not be too late;
Yes, some time I will come—
Not to­night.

You have on­ly to come
And His bless­ings re­ceive,
For He’s rea­dy just now to for­give;
Will you speak, Not to­night,
And your Sav­ior still grieve,
And away from His re­fuge e’er live?


There’s a time for re­pent­ance,
But soon ’twill have passed,
O dear sin­ner, what then will you do?
Your de­ci­sion ton­ight
Will bring sor­row at last,
When there’ll be no re­demp­tion for you.


Not to­night, you may say
In de­fi­ance, O soul,
And be­lieve there’s no risk in de­lay;
But when fu­ri­ous bil­lows
Of death o’er you roll,
For His mer­cy you can­not then pray!