If Thou But Knew The Life

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1 If Thou but knew the life that thou art leading
In sin and shame, is Satan's tyranny,
Thou wouldest kneel at once, with Jesus pleading,
That He thy soul from bondage might set free.
Oh, how thy Savior would rejoice,
If thou should'st now begin to listen to His voice!

2 If thou but knew the grace so freely given,
Its blessed power and readiness to save,
Thou wouldest not resist the call from heaven,
But cease at once in Satan's chains to slave.
Oh, how thy Savior would rejoice,
If Thou should'st now begin to listen to His voice!

3 If thou but knew the snares of idle dreaming
Of which unwary souls are ever fond,
Thou wouldest seek the light from heaven beaming
That leadeth safely to the goal beyond.
Oh, how thy Savior would rejoice,
If thou should'st now begin to listen to His voice!

4 Oh, wouldest thou but once for all surrender
Thyself to Christ in prayer and grief for sin,
Thou shouldest feel thyself by love most tender
Surrounded and the peace of Jesus win.
Oh, how thy Savior would rejoice,
If Thou should'st now begin to listen to His voice!

5 Oh, wouldest thou, when God to thee is calling,
But seize the hand that can salvation give,
And do it now, before the night is falling
Upon the souls that still in sin do live.
Oh, how thy Savior would rejoice,
If Thou should'st now begin to listen to His voice!

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #171

Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Author: Hans Adolf Brorson

(no biographical information available about Hans Adolf Brorson .) Go to person page >

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First Line: If thou but know the life that thou are leading
Title: If Thou But Knew The Life
Danish Title: Ak vidste du, som gaar i Syndens Laenke
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Author: Hans Adolf Brorson
Meter: 11.10.11.10.8.12
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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