Sinners, Behold that Downward Road

Sinners, behold that downward road

Author: John Dobell (1806)
Published in 25 hymnals

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1. Sinners, behold that downward road
Which leads to endless woe;
What multitudes of thoughtless souls,
The road to ruin go!

2. But yonder see that narrow way,
Which leads to endless bliss;
There see a happy, chosen few,
Redeemed by sov'reign grace.

3. They from destruction's city came,
To Zion upward tend:
The Bible is their precious guide,
And God Himself their friend.

4. Lord, I would now a pilgrim be,
Guide Thou my feet aright;
I would not for ten thousand worlds
Be banished from Thy sight.

Source: The New Christian Hymnal #208

Author: John Dobell

Dobell, John, b. 1757, d. May, 1840, was a port-gauger under the Board of Excise, at Poole, Dorset, and a person of some local note. In 1806 he published:— A New Selection of Seven Hundred Evangelical Hymns for Private, Family, and Public Worship (Many Original) from more than two hundred of the best Authors in England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, Arranged in alphabetical order; Intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. By John Dobell. Lond., Williams and Smith, 1806. Subsequently this Selection was increased to "More than Eight Hundred" hymns, and the wording of the title-page was changed in several instances. Dobell's account of this work is:— "The hymns here presented to the public I have collected from m… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sinners, behold that downward road
Title: Sinners, Behold that Downward Road
Author: John Dobell (1806)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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