Turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.@1 Samuel 12:20

Raymond W. Doster, in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Dalton, Georgia: The A. J. Showalter Company, 1904), number 176.

James M. Vines (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James M. Vines (1862-?)

Out from the hedges of this life,
And to the Lord your service give;
Out from the way of wrong and go the way of honor;
Out from the way that is a strife,
And go the way that you should live,
Then the angels of the heav’ns will sing.

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Sing of His name with praise to Him,
Sing of His love and power to save,
Sing of the love and gladness there,
Over in that home beyond the grave.

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Go ye among the ways of sin,
And throw a light to some poor soul,
Over the darkness of this life ’twill shine the brightest;
Into some heart a light within
Would be a loving, kind patrol,
Leading him into the home of homes.

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Then your reward will be with Him
Whose light shall shine forever more,
Over the toils of life you’ll say ’tis well forever;
Into a world that ne’er shall end,
And where you’ll walk the golden shore,
Singing praises with the angels fair.

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