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God's time now

Choose I must, and soon must choose

Tune: [Choose I must, and soon must choose]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Choose I must, and soon must choose
Holiness, or heaven lose;
While what heaven loves I hate,
Shut for me in heaven’s gate.

2 Endless sin means endless woe;
Into endless sin I go,
If my soul, from reason rent,
Takes from sin its final bent.

3 As the stream its channel grooves,
And within that channel moves,
So doth habit’s deepest tide
Groove its bed, and there abide.

4 Light obeyed increaseth light,
Light resisted bringeth night;
Who shall give me will to choose,
If the love of light I lose?

5 Speed, my soul; this instant yield;
Let the Light its sceptre wield;
While thy God prolongeth grace,
Hate thee toward His holy face.

Source: Gospel Hymns No. 5 #137

Text Information

First Line: Choose I must, and soon must choose
Title: God's time now
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Although this hymn is attributed to Joseph Cook (1859-1933), it was published before he was born. It appears in 1843 in the book "First Truths; or Lessons and hymns for Christian children" (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) and was probably published in an earlier source. Joseph Cook quoted this text in his last speech to Parliament, which is probably where confusion originated.

Dianne Shapiro



The Cyber Hymnal #10793
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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