Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 93. Though writ­ten as a tem­per­ance song, the lyr­ics could ea­si­ly be up­dat­ed to ad­dress the evils of to­day’s drug cul­ture. The mes­sage of the strait and nar­row way is time­less.

Music: Cloo­ney Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Daniel B. Towner (1850–1919)


Come, walk in wis­dom’s plea­sant ways,
For all her paths are peace;
The nar­row way that leads to God,
Where toil and tri­als cease.


Then choose to­day the nar­row way,
Where peace and safe­ty lie;
In all thy ways ac­know­ledge Him
Who watch­es from on high.

There’s dan­ger in the wid­en­ing way
That lead­eth dow­nward still;
Touch not the poi­son of the cup
The tempt­er waits to fill.


The head is dull, the heart is weak,
The hands are fee­ble, too.
When al­co­hol with burn­ing breath
His vic­tim doth pur­sue.


From mock­ing wine come wick­ed­ness,
And weak­ness, want and woe;
While sin, and suf­fer­ing, and shame,
And sor­row, wait be­low.


Then choose, O choose the up­ward way
Of plea­sant­ness and peace;
The Lord shall then di­rect thy paths,
Till days on earth shall cease.