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We may spread our couch with roses

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1. We may spread our couch with roses,
And sleep thro' the summer day;
But the soul that in sloth reposes
Is not in the narrow way.
If we follow the chart that is given,
We need not be at loss,
For the only way to heaven,
Is the royal way of the cross.

2. Unto those who live in splendor,
The cross is a heavy load;
And the feet that are soft and tender,
Will shrink from the thorny road;
But the chains of the soul must be riven,
And wealth must be as dross;
For the only way to heaven,
Is the royal way of the cross.

3. We may say we'll walk to-morrow,
The path we refuse to-day;
And still, with our lukewarm sorrow,
We shrink from the narrow way.
What heeded the chosen eleven,
How fortune life might toss,
As they followed their Lord to heaven,
By the way of the royal cross.

Grove Songs #2, 1873

Author: Philip Phillips

Phillips, Philip, commonly known as the "Singing Pilgrim," was born in Chautauqua County, N. York, Aug. 13, 1834. Although engaged in farming for a time, from an early age he devoted himself to music, and ultimately devoted himself to the work of a "Singing Evangelist," in which capacity he has visited most English-speaking countries. His popular hymnals are: (1) Early Blossoms, 1860; (2) Musical Leaves, 1862; and (3) The Singing Pilgrim, 1866. In these works he published one or two hymns, including "I have heard of a Saviour's love" (The love of Christ), as in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1878. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We may spread our couch with roses
Author: Philip Phillips
Source: Words arr.
Language: English



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Beulah Songs: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Especially adapted to camp meetings, prayer and conference meetings, family worship, and all other assemblies... #77TextAudioPage Scan
Free Methodist Hymnal #d658
Gospel Praise Book, enlarged ed. #d135
Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #175
Grove Songs No. 2 #9TextAudioPage Scan
Highway Songs #d77
Hymns New and Old, No. 2: for use in gospel meetings and other religious services #83Page Scan
Pearly Gates: a collection of new songs for the Sunday school, prayer meeting, and social circle #10Page Scan
Rescue songs: words and music with standard selections #13Page Scan
Sacred Hymns and Tunes: designed to be used by the Wesleyan Methodist Connection (or Church) of America #408Page Scan
Songs for Young and Old #d171
Songs of Joy and Gladness #191Page Scan
Songs of Victory #d246
Spiritual Songs and Hymns for Pilgrims. New Church ed. #d204
The American Hymn and Tune Book, Newly Revised and Especially Adapted to Vestry Use #d151
The Chapel Hymn Book #d376
The Devotional Chimes: a choice collection of new and standard hymns and tunes, adapted to all occasions of social worship, family devotions, and congregational singing #25Page Scan
The Highway Hymnal: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Arranged for the work in camp, convention, church and home #159Page Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #863Page Scan
The Revivalist: a Collection of Choice Revival Hymns and Tunes #29Page Scan
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #614Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #614Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #609Page Scan
The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d590
Warrior Songs for the White Cavalry. 2nd ed. #d263
Warrior Songs for the White Cavalry. 3rd ed. #d351
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