You almost persuade me to be a Christian.@Acts 26:28

Philip P. Bliss, The Charm (Chicago, Illinois: Root & Cady, 1871, number 69.

Cæsarea Philip P. Bliss, 1871 ( pdf nwc).

He who is almost persuaded is almost saved, and to be almost saved is to be entirely lost, were the words with which the Rev. Mr. Brundage ended one of his sermons. P. P. Bliss, who was in the audience, was much impressed with the thought, and immediately set about the composition of what proved to be one of his most popular songs.

One of the most impressive occasions on which this hymn was sung was in the Agricultural Hall in London, in 1874, when Mr. Gladstone was present. At the close of his sermon Mr. Moody asked the congregation to bow their heads, while I sang Almost Persuaded. The stillness of death prevailed throughout the audience of over fifteen thousand, as souls were making their decisions for Christ.

Sankey, p. 112

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Almost persuaded now to believe;
Almost persuaded Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.

Almost persuaded, come, come today;
Almost persuaded, turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!

Almost persuaded, harvest is past!
Almost persuaded, doom comes at last!
Almost cannot avail;
Almost is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
Almost, but lost!