This night thy soul shall be required of thee. Luke 12:20
Words: Anonymous, in Sunday-School Hymns (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: American Sunday-School Union, 1856), number 155.
Now is the accepted time.
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Oh say not,
I will yet delay;
To seek God’s offered grace
When Jesus, with a voice of love,
Seek thou My face.
Tomorrow I will turn:
To thee it may not come;
For e’en this night thy soul may hear
Its everlasting doom.
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.