Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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).

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portrait
Josephine Pollard
1834–1892

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain