Christ, or the World

Christ or the world, which shall it be?

Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe
Tune: [Christ, or the world]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Christ, or the world!
Which shall it be?
Choose for time and eternity;
Here’s a refuge, a rest, a home
There are torments and wrath to come,
Why a wanderer longer roam?

I and my house will serve the Lord;
If we prove faithful,
We shall have great reward.

2 Christ, or the world!
Which will ye seek?
Let the awak’ning conscience speak;
There are mansions so bright and fair,
Where, beloved and kindred are,
Will you meet with them over there? [Refrain]

3 Christ, or the world!
Which bringeth peace?
Worldly pleasures or holiness?
Why continue ‘mid doubt and fear?
Why not go to the Saviour dear?
Be assured of a welcome there. [Refrain]

4 Christ, or the world!
Choose well—today?
There is danger in more delay;
Soon will vanish the gospel light,
And the spirit will take its flight,
Then will issue eternal night. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 2 #213

Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe

Kurzenknabe, John Henry. (Muenchhof, Kurhessen, Germany, June 18, 1840--April 13, 1927, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). German Reformed layman. His parents died of cholera when he was five, and he was placed in a boarding school. When 14, he came to the United States with his violin and his share ($500) of his parents' estate. During the 48-day voyage, he attended an elderly sick woman, a Mrs. Ziegler from Wilkes-Barre, Penn., whose family helped him settled in the States. He attended Wyoming Seminary nearby, where he studied music and perfected his English. Even before graduation, he taught violin and began teaching singing classes in the area. In 1856, William B. Bradbury came to Wilkes-Barre for a six-week musical institute. He was so impress… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ or the world, which shall it be?
Title: Christ, or the World
Author: J. H. Kurzenknabe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I and my house will serve the Lord
Copyright: Public Domain



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Crowning Day No. 2 #213

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Gospel Trio of Sacred Song #49

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