Scripture Verse

My Spirit shall not always strive with man. Genesis 6:3


Words: Geor­gia C. El­li­ott, in Songs of the Ev­en­ing Light, ed­it­ed by Bar­ney E. War­ren & An­drew By­ers (An­der­son, In­di­a­na: Gos­pel Trum­pet Com­pa­ny, 1897), num­ber 23.

Music: Timișoara An­drew L. By­ers, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Andrew L. Byers


Some day when God’s sweet Spirit,
So loving and so true,
Has taken flight forever
And calls no more for you,
You’ll see your sin and folly
And moan in your despair,
But Heaven ne’er will open
Nor answer give your prayer.

Some day when God’s fierce anger
Falls on this world of sin,
You’ll knock as did the virgins,
But cannot enter in.
Ah, then with bitter weeping,
From those fair gates of light,
You’ll go with other doomed ones,
Down to an awful night.

Some day, yes, when forever
The mercy door is closed,
And your lost soul must suffer
Amid eternal woes,
In bitter grief and anguish
You’ll think upon the day,
When trifling with God’s mercy,
You, careless, said, Some day.