Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ka­tha­ryn D. Ba­con, in New Songs of Praise, by Al­fred E. Hel­ton et al. (Le­noir, North Ca­ro­li­na: Teach­ers’ Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1913), num­ber 58.

Music: Lu­net­ti E. B. Mc­Clurd (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mc­Clurd’s full name, where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Ba­con,

Katharyn D. Bacon (1884–1944)


O soul adrift and in despair,
Oppressed with sin and doubt and care,
While Je­sus pleads, His voice obey;
Run not the risk another day!


Run not the risk, for none can tell,
When you to earth must say farewell;
Run not the risk, lest you shall stand
Unknown, condemned, at God’s left hand.

He gave His life on Cal­va­ry,
All guilty souls from sin to free;
O spurn Him not who for you died;
Run not the risk, whate’er betide.


O trust the Lord, for life is brief,
And be not lost in unbelief;
Confess Him now with faith sincere,
Run not the risk, for death is near.


Repent, believe, and turn from sin;
O let the Lord of glo­ry in!
With pardoning grace He will endow;
Run not the risk, accept Him now!