The Upward Path

Come, walk in wisdom's pleasant ways

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Published in 2 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Come, walk in wisdom’s pleasant ways,
For all her paths are peace;
The narrow way that leads to God,
Where toil and trials cease.

Then choose today the narrow way,
Where peace and safety lie;
In all thy ways acknowledge Him
Who watches from on high.

1 There’s danger in the widening way
That leadeth downward still;
Touch not the poison of the cup
The tempter waits to fill. [Refrain]

3 The head is dull, the heart is weak,
The hands are feeble, too.
When alcohol with burning breath
His victim doth pursue. [Refrain]

4 From mocking wine come wickedness,
And weakness, want and woe;
While sin, and suffering, and shame,
And sorrow, wait below. [Refrain]

5 Then choose, O choose the upward way
Of pleasantness and peace;
The Lord shall then direct thy paths,
Till days on earth shall cease. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8108

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, walk in wisdom's pleasant ways
Title: The Upward Path
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Then choose today the narrow way
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8108
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