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Look Not on the Wine

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1 Look not on the ruby wine,
In the goblet glowing;
Touch not, taste not, handle not,
Well the danger knowing.

Chorus:
Look not on the ruby wine,
Sparkling in its beauty;
Shun the tempter's cruel snare,
Bravely follow duty.

2 In the cup a serpent hides,
By and by he rages;
In the tempter's service hard,
Death will be the wages. [Chorus]

3 Is it Christ the Saviour's way,
Is it right, my brothers?
Is it safe for any one?
Is it safe for others? [Chorus]

4 Even Christ pleased not himself,
Christ, the meek and lowly;
Daily seek to be like him,
Loving, pure and holy. [Chorus]

Source: Bible Study Songs: for junior societies, junior and primary Sunday schools #99

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 >

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First Line: Look not on the ruby wine
Title: Look Not on the Wine
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Refrain First Line: Look not on the ruby wine
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