O Don't Stay Away

Come soul and find thy rest, no longer be distressed

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Come, soul, and find thy rest]
Published in 68 hymnals

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1 Come soul and find thy rest,
No longer be distress'd;
Come to thy Saviour's breast,
O don't stay away.

Chorus:
Pray'rs are ascending now,
Angels are bending now;
Both worlds are blending now,
O don't stay away.

2 Dark is the world and cold,
Her cares cannot be told;
Come to thy Saviour's fold,
O don't stay away. [Chorus]

3 Come with thy load of sin,
Christ died thy soul to win;
Now He will take thee in,
O don't stay away. [Chorus]

4 Time here will soon be past,
Moments are flying fast;
Judgment will come at last,
O don't stay away. [Chorus]

5 Come, O we pray thee, come,
Come and no longer roam;
Come now and start for home,
O don't stay away. [Chorus]

Source: Light in the Valley: a new work of great merit for the Sunday school, revivals, Christian Endeavor, Epworth League, young people's society, and all forward movement along the line of battle... #83

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come soul and find thy rest, no longer be distressed
Title: O Don't Stay Away
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Prayers are ascending now
Copyright: Public Domain

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