Choose I must, and soon must chooseTune: [Choose I must, and soon must choose]
Published in 5 hymnals
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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
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.
|Instances (1 - 1 of 1)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #10793||God's Time Now||Choose I must, and soon must choose||SONOMA||Anonymous||77.77||<cite>First Truths; or Lessons and Hymns for Christian Children</cite>, new ed. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1843)|