Scripture Verse

This night thy soul shall be required of thee. Luke 12:20

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in Sun­day-School Hymns (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­er­i­can Sun­day-School Un­ion, 1856), num­ber 155. Now is the ac­cept­ed time.

Music: Grä­fen­berg Jo­hann Crü­ger, Prax­is Pi­e­ta­tis Me­li­ca, 1647 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Johann Crüger
(1598–1662)

Lyrics

Oh say not, I will yet delay
To seek God’s offered grace
;
When Jesus, with a voice of love,
Says now, Seek thou My face.

Say not, Tomorrow I will turn:
To thee it may not come;
For e’en this night thy soul may hear
Its everlasting doom.

Say not, When sickness lays me low,
I will begin to pray
;
For swift disease, or sudden death,
May call thy soul away.

But say, with earnestness and faith,
“Jesus, I come to Thee;
Now, from this moment, by Thy grace,
Help me from sin to flee.

“Now, for Thy tender mercy’s sake,
Forgive my past delay;
And, in Thine own redeeming blood,
Wash all my sins away.

Now, by Thy Holy Spirit’s power
Renew this heart of mine.
And may the life which Thou hast spared,
Be henceforth wholly Thine.