Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.@Matthew 7:14

Jen­nie L. Ly­all. The lyr­ics be­low come from the same source as the mu­sic, but there is ap­par­ent­ly an ear­li­er ver­sion of the text in The Truth Seek­er Col­lect­ion of Forms, Hymns and Re­ci­ta­tions, by D. M. Ben­nett (New York: Li­ber­al and Sci­en­ti­fic Pub­li­ca­tions, 1877). Its op­en­ing line was There are chains of so­cial un­ion.

Frank J. Ro­bert­son, in Augs­burg Songs No. 2 (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Lu­ther­an Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1893), num­ber 97 (🔊 pdf nwc).

There are but two ways in life, my friend,
The wrong and the right, the false and the true;
They’re counter to each from end to end,
Save eternity limits the two.


There are but two ways, but two ways in life,
There are but two ways, but two ways in life;
The one leads to glory, and the other leads to death:
Oh, which of the two will you take?

There are but two roads in life, my friend,
The straight and narrow, the broad and the plain;
Think well which one you will take, my friend,
You will ne’er travel this way again.


The one is beset with foes, my friend,
’Tis full of allurements, but danger is there;
The other leads steadily on, my friend,
To a Heav’n that is bright and fair.