1 Not far from the kingdom—so near to the gate
Where pardon and hope for the penitent wait;
Where life from the dead, and salvation from sin,
Are blessings made certain by entering in.
2 What glories are thine, blessed kingdom of heaven!
What garments stand crowns to the saved shall be given;
What rivers of pleasure shall sweep thro’ their souls,
What raptures of bliss while eternity rolls!
3 O kingdom of Jesus! shall mortals come nigh,
And stop at the threshold, and linger, and die?
Stand close to the Ark with its beckoning door,
And wait till it closes, and hope comes no more?
Phelps, Sylvanus Dryden, D.D., was born at Suffield, Connecticut, May 15, 1816, and educated at Brown University, where he graduated in 1844. In 1846 he became pastor of the first Baptist Church, New Haven. Dr. Phelps is the Editor of The Christian Secretary, Hartford. His publications include, Eloquence of Nature, and Other Poems, 1842; Sunlight and Hearthlight, 1856; the Poet's Song, 1867, &c. He is the author of the following hymns:—
1. Christ, Who came my soul to save. Holy Baptism.
2. Did Jesus weep for me? Lent.
3. Saviour, Thy dying love. Passiontide.
4. Sons of day, arise from slumber. Home Missions.
5. This rite our blest Redeemer gave. Holy Baptism.
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Display Title: Not Far from the KingdomFirst Line: Not far from the kingdom—so near to the gateTune Title: [Not far from the kingdom—so near to the gate]Author: S. D. Phelps, D. D.Date: 1886Subject: Invitation |