Scripture Verse

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:12


Hans G. Nägeli (1773–1836)

Words: Ben­ja­min T. Tan­ner, in the Af­ri­can Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Hymn and Tune Book (Phi­la­del­phia, Pen­nsyl­van­ia: Af­ri­can Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Book Con­cern, 1898), num­ber 706.

Music: Den­nis Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773–1836). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son in The Psal­te­ry, 1845 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Benjamin T. Tanner (1835–1923)


Ye saints of God, awake,
And hear the hea­ven­ly word:
Depart not from the liv­ing God,
He on­ly is thy Lord.

What if the fin­est gold
Be free­ly prof­fered thee?
Depart not from the liv­ing God,
Nor the temp­ta­tion see.

What if the foe arise,
With threat­en­ings false and loud?
Depart not from the li­ving God,
Rather, ac­cept the cloud.

And what if friends be­guile
With soft­est, warm­est love?
Depart not from the liv­ing God,
Who warns thee from above.

Depart, ye saints, de­part
Not from the liv­ing God.
He will thy shield and buck­ler be;
He will be, is thy rod.