Scripture Verse

Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6

Introduction

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Mrs. J. M. Hunter

Words: Mrs. J. M. Hun­ter, in The Best Gos­pel Songs and Their Com­pos­ers (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, 1904), num­ber 159.

Music: Gar­misch-Par­ten­kirch­en R. A. Mar­tin (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Hun­ter or Mar­tin’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of Mar­tin (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Sweet and wondrous is the story
Of our heav’nly Father’s love;
Sinner, can you slight it longer?
Turn your heart to things above.

Refrain

Sinner, turn, O turn to Jesus,
It is folly to delay!
Heed today the call of mercy,
Seek the blessèd, upward way.

Things of time and sense are fleeting,
Earthly pleasures cannot last;
Just beyond lies death’s dark river,
Then eternity so vast!

Refrain

Shun, O shun the sin and madness
That has wrecked so many souls;
Life is but extended sorrow
Unless God the heart controls!

Refrain

Not forever will He linger,
This dear friend, so good, so kind;
Love at last, remembers justice,
If the call you will not mind.

Refrain

There is gladness in His service;
Light and joy and peace He gives;
Come and find the precious comfort
In the life the Christian lives.

Refrain