Scripture Verse

It is good for me to draw near to God. Psalm 73:28

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Hast­ings, Spir­it­u­al Songs 1831.

Music: Ex­pos­tu­lation Jo­si­ah Hop­kins (1786–1862) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pic­ture of Hop­kins (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Thomas Hastings
(1784–1872)

Lyrics

Delay not, delay not,
O sinner, draw near.
The waters of life are
Now flowing for thee;
No price is demanded,
The Savior is here;
Redemption is purchased,
Salvation is free.

Delay not, delay not,
O sinner, to come,
For mercy still lingers
And calls thee today.
Her voice is not heard in
The vale of the tomb;
Her message, unheeded,
Will soon pass away.

Delay not, delay not,
The Spirit of grace,
Long grieved and resisted,
May take His sad flight,
And leave thee in darkness
To finish thy race,
To sink in the gloom of
Eternity’s night.

Delay not, delay not,
The hour is at hand,
The earth shall dissolve,
And the heavens shall fade;
The dead, small and great,
In the judgment shall stand;
What helper, then, sinner,
Shall lend thee his aid?

Delay not, delay not,
Why longer abuse
The love and compassion
Of Jesus thy God?
A fountain is open,
How canst thou refuse
To wash and be cleansed in
His pardoning blood?