Still undecided, though close to life's gate

Still undecided, though close to life's gate

Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley
Tune: [Still undecided, though close to life's gate] (Gabriel)
Published in 16 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Still undecided, tho' close to life’s gate,
O why not now enter, already ‘tis late;
Jesus is waiting and calling for you;
Chains He will sever—all things He can do.

Chorus:
Why not decide tonight?
Why not decide tonight?
Jesus is waiting and calling for thee,
Calling for thee, calling for thee;
Why not decide tonight?
Why not decide tonight?
Jesus is waiting and Calling, is calling now for thee.

2 Still undecided, why yet still delay?
All things are ready, Love shows you the way,
Night fast approaches, the day passes by,
Heed now His pleading:—“O why will you die?” [Chorus]

3 Still undecided! for thee He was slain,
And why should His suff'ring for thee be in vain?
Think of the scourging, the spear and the cross!
Life He would give you,—all else is but loss. [Chorus]

4 Still undecided! His voice sounds so clear:
“Come all ye who weary who falter and fear,
Freely I pardon, and cleanse and receive!”
Why not accept Him and on Him believe? [Chorus]

5 Still undecided! O wait not too long;
O turn from the world and its wild, restless throng;
Jesus now calls you—once more doth He call—
Come while He’s waiting, and trust Him for all. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #214

Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley

Ernest G. W. Wesley was born and educated in England. At the age of seventeen he started writing for local newspapers. When he was twenty-two he worked as special correspondent for The New York Times in Buenos Aries. While he was in Buenos Aries he became licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He came to the United States in the early 1870's and continued writing and contributing to religious and secular papers. He wrote between five and six hundred hymns and nearly two thousand articles on religious and theological topics. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Still undecided, though close to life's gate
Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley
Refrain First Line: Why not decide tonight

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The Sheet Music of Heaven (Spiritual Song); The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song #d210

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Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #214

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