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Far from God, away from Jesus

Far from God, away from Jesus

Author: Robert Harkness
Tune: [Far from God, away from Jesus]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Far from God, away from Jesus,
Straying in the paths of sin,
Knowing not God’s full salvation,
Jesus calls you midst earth’s din.

Come, ’tis Jesus calls you;
Come, without delay.
He is willing now to save you;
Come, O come today.

2. Why continue in your roaming?
Jesus bids you come today.
Mercy’s offer still is open;
Why not come without delay? [Refrain]

3. How much longer will you tarry?
How much longer will you roam?
Listen, Jesus calls you to Him;
Will you not at once come home? [Refrain]

4. Can you stay away from Jesus
With eternity in view?
Can you still reject His mercy
When you hear His call so true? [Refrain]

5. You may almost come to Jesus,
But almost will never save;
For the soul that fully trusts Him
On the cross His life He gave. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1513

Author: Robert Harkness

After attending a revival meeting by Reuben Torrey and Charles M. Alexander, Harkness became Alexander’s pianist. He came to Christ shortly thereafter (on a bicycle, he said), and made several round the world tours with Torrey and Alexander. Harkness was especially well known for his program The Music of the Cross, and as the author of correspondence courses in hymn playing. He wrote over 2,000 hymns and Gospel songs in his lifetime. ( Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far from God, away from Jesus
Author: Robert Harkness
Refrain First Line: Come, 'tis Jesus calls you
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #1513
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The Cyber Hymnal #1513

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