Scripture Verse

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


Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Words: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, 1899. Ap­peared in The Voice of Me­lo­dy, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Lo­renz, 1900), num­ber 51.

Music: Ar­thur W. Nel­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Nel­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Oh, settle the question tonight, my brother!
Take courage and do the right;
Come out of the darkness and gloom of thy sin,
And walk in God’s beau­ti­ful light.


O settle the question tonight,
O settle the question tonight,
Wait not till tomorrow
To end thy soul sorrow,
But settle the question tonight.

Tonight the good Spir­it is here, my brother!
Tonight Je­sus pleads with thee;
Tonight call on God while His grace is so near,
Tonight go in peace and be free.


Tonight is the time to repent, my brother!
Tonight God is here in power;
Tonight is the time when the dear Lord will save,
Yes, this is sal­va­tion’s glad hour.


Go not from this temple tonight, my brother!
Rejecting the grace of God;
Stand up and confess all the sins of thy life,
And trust in that soul cleansing blood.