Scripture Verse

If they abide not still in unbelief, [they] shall be grafted in. Romans 11:23


Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright­est and Best, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1875), num­ber 21.

Music: Cæ­sa­rea Phi­lip P. Bliss, The Charm 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)


Why un­be­liev­ing? Why wilt thou spurn
Love that so gent­ly pleads thy re­turn?
Come, ere thy fleet­ing day
Fades in­to night away;
Now mer­cy’s call ob­ey—to Je­sus come.

Why un­be­liev­ing? Wound­ing thy Lord,
Grieving His Spi­rit, doubt­ing His Word?
Think, ’twas for thee He died;
Think of His bleed­ing side;
Now to the cru­ci­fied—to Je­sus come.

Why un­be­liev­ing? Thou canst be blest;
Jesus will par­don, He’ll give thee rest.
Why wilt thou long­er wait?
Haste to the op­en gate,
Come, ere it be too late—to Je­sus come.

Why un­be­liev­ing? Tri­fle no more;
Death may be near thee, e’en at thy door.
Come with a brok­en heart,
Come, help­less as thou art,
Come, choose the bet­ter part—to Je­sus come.