We ask for donations here just twice a year, and this is one of those times. So, before you hit the "close" button on this box, would you consider a donation to keep Hymnary.org going? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Last month, our Hymnary website had almost 1 million visitors from around the world: people like you who love hymns. To serve our users well takes money, and we have limited sources of revenue. This fund drive is one such source.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below. From the entire Hymnary.org team, our grateful thanks.

Not far, not far from the Kingdom

Not far, not far from the kingdom, Yet in the shadow of sin

Author: Frederic Smith
Published in 41 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Not far, not far from the kingdom,
Yet in the shadow of sin;
How many coming and going!
But few are entering in!

Not far, not far from the kingdom,
Yet lingering still at the gate;
O wait no longer, dear brother,
But enter ere ‘tis too late.

2 Not far, not far from the gateway,
Where voices whisper and wait;
But fearing to enter in boldly,
They linger still at the gate! [Refrain]

3 They catch the strains of the music,
That floats so sweetly along;
Tho’ knowing the song they are singing,
Yet joining not in the song. [Refrain]

4 They’re in the dark and the danger;
They’re in the night and the cold,
Tho’ He is now longing to lead them
So kindly into the fold. [Refrain]

Source: Worship and Service #144

Author: Frederic Smith

Smith, Frederic, was born in 1849 at Birmingham, was for many years at Halifax, and now (1906) resides at Bowdon, Cheshire. His collected poems were published in 1896, as A Chest of Viols and other Verses. This includes:— 1. Not far, not far from the Kingdom. [Decision.] Written 1869, and first published in the Congregationalist, again in 1896 as above, p. 56, entitled "Not far." It is given, abridged and altered, marked as "Words arr.," in Sankey's Songs and Solos, 1887, No. 469. 2. O God, not only in distress. [God's Will] Written about 1870, and first, published in Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 180;-1896, as above, p. 45, headed "Thy Will is done." Recently in Worship Song, 1905, and others. --John Julian,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Not far, not far from the kingdom, Yet in the shadow of sin
Title: Not far, not far from the Kingdom
Author: Frederic Smith
Language: English
Refrain First Line: How few there are entering in!
Copyright: Public Domain




Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #10457

Include 40 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.