Scripture Verse

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2


Samuel Longfellow

Words: Sam­u­el Long­fel­low, 1864.

Music: St. George (Gaunt­lett) Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1848 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry J. Gauntlett
© National Portrait Gallery


A voice by Jordan’s shore,
A summons stern and clear:
Reform; be just, and sin no more:
God’s judgment draweth near!

A voice by Galilee,
A holier voice I hear:
Love God; thy neighbor love: for see
God’s mercy draweth near!

O voice of duty, still
Speak forth: I hear with awe;
In thee I own the sovereign will,
Obey the sovereign law.

Thou higher voice of love,
Yet speak thy word in me;
Through duty, let me upward move
To thy pure liberty.