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What Will the Ending Be?

Why art thou choosing earth's pleasures

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: [Why art thou choosing earth's pleasures]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Why art thou choosing earth’s pleasures
More than the heavenly treasures?
Turning from Jesus, the Savior, away,
Scorning the message of mercy each day?
Oh! what will the ending be,
Perishing soul, for thee?

2 Mindful alone of the present,
Counting this earth-life but pleasant,
Heedless of heaven and death and the grave,
Tho’tless of Jesus, the mighty to save;
Oh! what will the harvest be,
Perishing soul, for thee?

3 Earth and its vanities tasted,
Talents neglected or wasted,
Living alone for the joys of today,
Letting eternity bring what it may,
Oh! what will the harvest be,
Perishing soul, for thee?

4 Life is fast ebbing and dying;
Swiftly its moments are flying;
Jesus still slighted, his mercy rejected,
And thy poor spirit unsav’d and neglect’d,
Oh! what will the harvest be,
Perishing soul, for thee?

Source: Triumphant Songs No.2 #133

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why art thou choosing earth's pleasures
Title: What Will the Ending Be?
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Perishing soul for thee
Copyright: Public Domain



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Celestial Songs #499

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Triumphant Songs No.2 #133

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Triumphant Songs Nos. 1 and 2 Combined #339

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