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

Introduction

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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,
A
nd your Savior still grieve,
And away from His refuge e’er live?

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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!

Refrain