Scripture Verse

When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1 Peter 5:4


Words: Jo­se­phine Poll­ard, in The Star­ry Crown of Sun­day School Me­lo­dies, by Will­iam Per­kins (New York: Will­iam A. Pond, 1869), num­ber 1.

Music: Will­iam O. Per­kins (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Per­kins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Josephine Pollard (1834–1892)


I must not walk in the way of sin,
I must ne­ver be led as­tray,
A crown is the prize I hope to win,
And I’ll strive for it ev­ery day.


O that beau­ti­ful crown,
That beau­ti­ful star­ry crown;
If I am will­ing to bear the cross,
My Sav­ior will give me a crown.

I must not heed what the world may say,
And I ne­ver must dread its frown,
For thro’ the same path my Sav­ior trod,
I must go to ob­tain my crown.


I must not think I can waste my time,
Or in plea­sure my con­science drown.
The fear of the Lord must rule my heart,
Or I ne­ver can wear a crown.


I’ll pray for strength in my hour of need,
And my Sav­ior my strength will be;
He helps me to bear each earthy cross,
And He of­fers a crown to me.