XIII. The Danger of Delay

Why should I say, " 'Tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven or think of death?"
A flower may fade before ‘tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.

If this rebellious heart of mine
Despise the gracious calls of Heaven,
I may be hardened in my sin,
And never have repentance given.

What if the Lord grow wroth, and swear,
While I refuse to read and pray,
That he’ll refuse to lend an ear
To all my groans another day!

What if his dreadful anger burn,
While I refuse his offered grace;
And all his love to fury turn,
And strike me dead upon the place!

’Tis dangerous to provoke a God
His power and vengeance none can tell;
One stroke of his almighty rod
Would send young sinners quick to hell.

Then ‘twould for ever be in vain
To cry for pardon or for grace;
To wish I had my time again,
Or hope to see my Maker’s face.

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First Line: Why should I say, 'Tis yet too soon
Title: The Danger of Delay
Publication Date: 1827
Language: English
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