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Why Delay?

Why delay to make your peace with heaven's eternal King?

Author: George F. Root
Tune: [Why delay to make your peace with heaven's eternal King?]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. Why delay to make your peace with Heav’n’s eternal King?
Why delay the pardon that the prayer of faith will bring?

Why delay, why delay? no better time will come;
Accept His call and find in Him
A resting place, a home.

2. Why delay to leave the husks on which your soul has fed?
Why refuse the gracious hand that holds the heav’nly bread? [Refrain]

3. Why delay to turn your feet toward your Father’s door?
Why delay to enter there and sorrow nevermore? [Refrain]

4. Hear ye not His pleading, hear ye not His Spirit’s power?
Brother, why not give yourself to Him this very hour?

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7448

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: Why delay to make your peace with heaven's eternal King?
Title: Why Delay?
Author: George F. Root
Language: English
Publication Date: 1887
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


The Cyber Hymnal #7448
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