Scripture Verse

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


Amy C. Walton (1849–1939)

Words: Amy C. Wal­ton, in Songs of Joy and Glad­ness, by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick et al. (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mc­Don­ald, Gill, 1885), num­ber 160.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


So near the door, and the door stood wide?
Close to the port, but not in­side!
Near to the fold, yet not with­in,
Almost re­solved to give up sin!
Almost per­suad­ed to count the cost,
Almost a Chris­tian, and yet lost?

Lord, help me trust in Thy Word to­day,
That Thou art the light, the truth, the way.
Now as I come, with my load of sin,
The door be­ing open, O help me step in.
How sad the thought that for me, at last,
The door would be shut, and mer­cy past!

Savior, I come, I cry un­to Thee,
O let not these words be true of me,
I want to come to the point to­day,
O suf­fer me not to turn away;
Give me no rest, till my soul shall be
Within the re­fuge, safe with Thee.