1 A sinner was wand’ring at eventide,
His tempter was watching close by at his side;
In his heart raged a battle for right against wrong;
But hark! from the church he hears the sweet song:
Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly.
2 He lingered and listened to ev’ry sweet chord,
He remembered the time he once loved the Lord:
Come on! says the tempter, come on with the throng;
But hark! from the church again swells the song:
While the billows near me roll,
While the tempest still is high.
3 O tempter, depart, I have served thee too long.
I fly to the Saviour, He dwells in the song:
O Lord, can it be, that a sinner like me
May find a sweet refuge by coming to Thee?
Other refuge have I none:
Hands my helpless soul on Thee.
I come, Lord, I come,
Thou’lt forgive the dark past,
And O, receive my soul at last.
Source: The Best Gospel Songs and their composers #94