Scripture Verse

Strive to enter in at the strait gate. Luke 13:24

Introduction

Words: John H. Bram­mall, writ­ten for the Wes­ley­an Sun­day School Un­ion, 1870, and first print­ed in the Un­ion’s Whit­sun­tide fly-sheet of that year. In 1879, it was gi­ven anon­y­mous­ly in the Me­thod­ist Sun­day School Hymn Book, num­ber 283.

Music: St. Ger­trude Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bram­mall (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Arthur S. Sullivan
1842–1900

Lyrics

Onward, children, onward!
Leave the paths of sin;
Hasten to the strait gate,
Strive to enter in;
None can knock unheeded,
None can strive in vain,
For the Savior’s welcome
All that seek obtain.

Refrain

Onward, children, onward!
Is the call today;
Come with ready footsteps,
And that call obey.

Onward, children, onward!
In the narrow way.
Christ your Lord shall lead you
Safely day by day;
And with such a leader
What have you to fear?
Satan may oppose you,
But your king is near.

Refrain

Onward, ever onward!
Till you join the throng
Who in dazzling raiment
Sing the triumph song,
And to heav’nly music
Cry with one accord,
Holy! Holy! Holy!
Is our sovereign Lord.

Refrain