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Which Road Are You Choosing?

Which road are you choosing, young friends?

Author: George F. Root
Tune: [Which road are you choosing, young friends]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Which road are you choosing, young friends?
Which road are you choosing to take?
Just stop here and think what depends
Upon the decision you make;
You know that one leadeth astray,
And ends in destruction at last,
And that in the straight, narrow way
You’re safe when the trials are past.

Then why are you doubtful, young friends?
Which road of these two should you take?
Oh, think of the life that depends
Upon the decision you make.

2 The witnesses gather around,
And earnestly, tremblingly wait
To see who among us have found
The way to the beautiful gate.
The evil ones also are here,
And point to the way which is broad;
Belovèd, whate’er may appear,
That way leads to death’s dark abode. [Refrain]

3 Oh, where are you going, young friends?
Which road are you choosing to take?
The Savior in mercy descends;
Choose rightly for His own dear sake;
’Tis only with Him we can go;
We must cling alone to His hand;
But He will lead past every foe,
Safe, safe to His heavenly land. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9415

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Which road are you choosing, young friends?
Title: Which Road Are You Choosing?
Author: George F. Root
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Then why are you doubtful, young friends?
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9415
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The Cyber Hymnal #9415

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