Upon the broad highway, brother

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1. Upon the broad highway, brother,
So long you now have been;
So long have sought but found it not,
true happiness in sin,
You're tired of the way, brother,
You feel it is not right;
Choose now, I pray, the better way,
Oh, yes, decide to-night.

Chorus:
Oh, decide to-night, brother,
Oh, decide to-night;
To Jesus bow, your conscience now
Is whisp'ring, "This is right;"
Oh, decide to-night, brother,
Oh, decide to-night;
The Spirit may, ere break of day,
Forever take its flight.

2. Most grateful should you be, brother,
That you are spared so long;
Why should God save you from the grave,
While yielding to the wrong,
When others are cut off, brother,
Who have rejected light?
It is that you again may view
His love, oh, come to-night. [Chorus]

3. This call may be the last, brother,
Your chance may soon be o'er;
And here be sealed, unless you yield,
Your doom forevermore;
Sufficient is the tho't, brother,
The strongest to affright;
Risk not to stay another day,
Oh, haste, decide to-night. [Chorus]

4. Most happy will you be, brother,
If Christ shall be your choice;
Your heart shall be from sin made free,
While heav'n and earth rejoice,
Oh, haste and seek Him now, brother,
Who is the Truth, the Light;
Who is the way to endless day,
Oh, yes, decide to-night. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #166

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

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First Line: Upon the broad highway, brother
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: O, decide tonight, brother

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