Scripture Verse

Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6


Laura B. Hunter (1860–1942)

Words: Lau­ra B. Hun­ter, in The Best Gos­pel Songs and Their Com­pos­ers (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, 1904), num­ber 159.

Music: Gar­misch-Par­ten­kirch­en R. A. Mar­tin (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mar­tin’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Sweet and won­drous is the sto­ry
Of our heav’n­ly Fa­ther’s love;
Sinner, can you slight it long­er?
Turn your heart to things above.


Sinner, turn, O turn to Je­sus,
It is fol­ly to delay!
Heed to­day the call of mer­cy,
Seek the bless­èd, up­ward way.

Things of time and sense are fleet­ing,
Earthly plea­sures cannot last;
Just be­yond lies death’s dark ri­ver,
Then eter­ni­ty so vast!


Shun, O shun the sin and mad­ness
That has wrecked so ma­ny souls;
Life is but ex­tend­ed sor­row
Unless God the heart con­trols!


Not for­ev­er will He lin­ger,
This dear friend, so good, so kind;
Love at last, re­mem­bers jus­tice,
If the call you will not mind.


There is glad­ness in His ser­vice;
Light and joy and peace He gives;
Come and find the pre­cious com­fort
In the life the Chris­tian lives.