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Look not thou upon the wine

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Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
When it moveth itself aright,
All the light and beauty now around it shed
Soon will end in sorrow's night.

1 Tho' its ruby blush so fair;
In the silver cup be cast,
Of the deadly "serpent's sting" beware, beware,
'Twill pierce thy soul at last. [Chorus]

2 'Tis "a mocker," luring on,
With its "raging," fiery breath,
And its burning work is never, never done,
Its flames are flames of death. [Chorus]

3 Tarry not, resolve to-day,
From the blighting curse to flee;
'Tis the voice of wisdom calls away, away
Be bold, be firm, be free. [Chorus]

Source: Minnetonka Songs: for Sabbath Schools, compiled especially for the Minnetonka Sabbath-School Assembly #80

Author: Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Look not thou upon the wine
Author: Philip P. Bliss
Copyright: Public Domain


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Minnetonka Songs #80

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