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

Introduction

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
(1850–1919)

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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

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

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

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