Where Is Thy Refuge

Say, where is thy refuge, poor sinner

Author: Fanny Crosby
Tune: [Say, where is thy refuge, my brother]
Published in 22 hymnals

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1 Say, where is thy refuge, poor sinner,
And what is thy prospect today?
Why toil for the wealth that will perish,
The treasures that rust and decay?
Oh! think of thy soul, that forever
Must live on eternity’s shore,
When thou, in the dust art forgotten,
When pleasure can charm thee no more.

’Twill profit thee nothing, but fearful the cost,
To gain the whole world if thy soul should be lost!
To gain the whole world if thy soul should be lost!

2 The Master is calling thee, sinner,
In tones of compassion and love,
To feel that sweet rapture of pardon,
And lay up thy treasure above;
Oh! kneel at the cross where He suffered,
To ransom thy soul from the grave;
The arm of His mercy will hold thee,
The arm that is mighty to save. [Refrain]

3 The summer is waning, poor sinner,
Repent, ere the season is past;
God’s goodness to thee is extended,
As long as the day-beam shall last;
Then slight not the warning repeated
With all the bright moments that roll,
Nor say, when the harvest is ended,
That no one hath cared for thy soul. [Refrain]

Source: The Modern Hymnal #372

Author: Fanny Crosby

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Text Information

First Line: Say, where is thy refuge, poor sinner
Title: Where Is Thy Refuge
Author: Fanny Crosby
Source: Echoes of Zion, 1874
Language: English
Refrain First Line: 'Twill profit thee nothing, but fearful the cost
Copyright: Public Domain



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Band Music #19

Battle Songs of the Cross #d162

Bells of Heaven #d336

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Echoes from Zion #14

Evangel of Song #d99

Free Methodist Hymnal #d536

Gospel Gems #d136

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Gospel Hymns No. 3 #91

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #845

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d450

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #845

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International Song Service #201

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Light and Life Songs No. 2 #122

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Light and Life Songs No. 4 #122

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Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets #172

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Sacred Songs & Solos #339

Sacred Songs and Solos #339

Scripture Song Database #4087


The Cyber Hymnal #7539

The Great Redemption in Songs New and Selected #d245

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The Modern Hymnal #372

The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d478

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