1 How sweet that Bible story,
Of Ruth who left her land
To follow one who loved the Lord
And loved his blest command.
She said, "I leave my kindred,
I seek a path divine,
I cast my idols all away,
For Israel's God is mine.
"Entreat me not to leave thee,
Or turn from following thee,
For where thou goest, I will go,
Thy people mine shall be.
Entreat me not to leave thee,
Hear now my solemn vow;
I choose thy God to be my God,
To be my Saviour now.
2 "Entreat me not to leave thee,
I never can return
I want the land of promise now,
The land of sin I spurn.
I go, my all forsaking,
For I would die with thee;
'The Lord do so, and more, if aught
But death part thee and me.'" [Chorus]
3 O sinner, leave thy sinning,
Turn now to Christ the Lord;
Come, seek the city built above,
And find a blest reward.
Like Ruth, of olden story,
Make Israel's God thy stay,
And Christ, the everlasting God,
Will help thy soul to say, [Chorus]
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)
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