Ye Must Be Born Again

Representative Text

1 A ruler once came to Jesus by night
To ask Him the way of salvation and light;
The Master made answer in words true and plain,
"Ye must be born again."

"Ye must be born again,
Ye must be born again;
I verily, verily say unto thee,
Ye must be born again."

2 Ye children of men, attend to the word
So solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord;
And let not this message to you be in vain,
"Ye must be born again." (Refrain)

3 O ye who would enter that glorious rest,
And sing with the ransomed the song of the blest;
The life everlasting if ye would obtain,
"Ye must be born again." (Refrain)

4 A dear one in heaven thy heart yearns to see,
At the beautiful gate may be watching for thee;
Then list to the note of this solemn refrain,
"Ye must be born again." (Refrain)

Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #190

Author: William T. Sleeper

Sleeper, W. T. is given in I. D. Sankey’s Sacred Songs & Solos, 1881, as the author of “A ruler once came to Jesus by night” (Need for the New Birth). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A ruler once came to Jesus by night
Title: Ye Must Be Born Again
Author: William T. Sleeper
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Ye must be born again
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Un hombre de noche llegó a Jesús" by James Clifford; Swahili translation: See "Mkuu alimjia Yesu usiku"
Copyright: Public Domain


[A ruler once came to Jesus by night]

This song was writ­ten while Steb­bins was help­ing Dr. George Pen­te­cost in evan­gel­is­tic meet­ings in Wor­ces­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts: During those meet­ings, one of the sub­jects preached up­on was the "New Birth." While pre­sent­ing the truth, en­forc­ing it by re­fer­ri…

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