Scripture Verse

Repent ye: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2


Words & Mu­sic: James Mc­Gra­na­han, Gos­pel Hymns No. 5 (New York; Cincinnati, Ohio & Chicago, Illinois: John Church and Biglow & Main, 1887), num­ber 126 (🔊 pdf nwc).

James McGranahan


Have our hearts grown cold since the days of old?
Have we left our souls’ first love?
Neither cold nor hot, God commends us not,
Nor our lukewarm ways approve.


Repent ye, repent ye, repent ye!
’Tis the call of God to every land!
Repent ye, repent ye, repent ye!
For the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

Has the God above our supreme true love?
Have we bowed to Him alway?
Do we own His claim and revere His name,
And observe His holy day?


Do we honor those who have soothed our woes?
Have we rendered good for ill?
Are we pure in heart, doing all our part
To fulfill the Savior’s will?


Are we always true in the thing we do,
In our words, our works, our ways?
Are we quite content with the blessings sent,
Giving God alone the praise?


Dare a mortal say—for a single day—
I have kept Thy law, O God!
Undefiled by sin, I am pure within,
And I need no cleansing blood