Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

Jesus is calling you now

Why do you wait a convenient day

Author: John Marchant Whyte
Tune: [Why do you wait a convenient day]
Published in 13 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Why do you wait a convenient day?
Jesus is calling you now;
Why do you turn from his pleadings away?
Jesus is calling you now.
He stands at the door of your heart just now;
The dews of the morning are on his brow;
He is there waiting and calling you now,
O will you not come to him now?

Will you not come to him now?
Will you not trust in him now?
Just now, right now,
O hear him, he’s calling you now.

2 Days have gone by, and the months and the years,
Jesus is calling you now,
Joys have departed and sorrow appears,
Jesus is calling you now.
The promise you made him was never kept,
When down by the graveside you mourn’d and wept;
Turn to him now and his free grace accept;
O will you not come to him now? [Refrain]

3 Darkness is deep’ning, and oh, ‘tis so late!
Jesus is calling you now,
What if the spirit leave you to your fate?
Jesus is calling you now.
Escape for thy life, tarry not, O soul,
Escape for thy life, you may miss the goal,
And if you miss it, what horrors, O soul!
O will you not come to him now? [Refrain]

Source: The Finest of the Wheat: hymns new and old, for missionary and revival meetings, and sabbath-schools #19

Author: John Marchant Whyte

John M. (Marchant) Whyte. Evangelist, hymn writer, singer, b Paris, Canada West (Ontario), 8 Jun 1850, d Toronto 17 Mar 1927. He studied at the University of Toronto and devoted himself to evangelistic and temperance work. Typical of several hundred songs for which he wrote the words or the music, or both, are 'Canada Shall Yet Be Free,' 'Toronto the Good,' and 'Song of Trust.' Many songs appeared in separate editions published by Toronto News Co or Briggs. With his brother David Albert Whyte he edited Sing Out the Glad News (Briggs 1885) and Songs of Calvary (Briggs 1889). The Great Redemption (Briggs 1894), Nuggets of Gold (Briggs 1898) and Battle Songs of the Cross (1901) contain many of his own melodies. Eight of his hymns are reprinted… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why do you wait a convenient day
Title: Jesus is calling you now
Author: John Marchant Whyte
Refrain First Line: Will you not come to him now



Instances (1 - 13 of 13)
Page Scan

Band Music #6

Battle Songs of the Cross #d232

Evangel of Song #d133

Gospel Tent Hymns #d202

Hymns New and Old, Revised #d240

Popular Selections from Hymns New and Old #d97

Revival Hymns, Selected and Arranged #d106

Sing Out the Glad News #d91

Page Scan

Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2) #4

Page Scan

Songs of Salvation as Used by Crossley and Hunter in Evangelistic Meetings #66


The Cyber Hymnal #11676

Page Scan

The Emory Hymnal #154

TextAudioPage Scan

The Finest of the Wheat #19

Exclude 12 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us