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I'll take the first step

You ask me to leave the broad roadway of sin

Author: E. A. Hoffman
Tune: [You ask me to leave the broad roadway of sin]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 You ask me to leave the broad roadway of sin,
And turn from the wrong to the right,
So I have resolved a new life to begin,
And start for the Kingdom tonight!

I’ll start, I’ll start
I’ll start for the Kingdom tonight!
God helping me now I will take the first step,
And start for the Kingdom tonight.

2 Too dearly and long I have loved this poor world,
And wasted the years in their flight,
‘Tis time I should leave all the sins of my life;
I’ll start for the Kingdom tonight! [Refrain]

3 The pleasures of earth have engrossed all my tho’ts,
The pleasures of sense and of sight;
Too long I’ve neglected, alas! my poor soul;
I’ll start for the Kingdom tonight! [Refrain]

4 No longer I’ll walk in the broad way of sin,
And close my poor heart to the light;
If Christ will receive me, my all I will yield;
And start for the Kingdom tonight! [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.2 #40

Author: E. 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: You ask me to leave the broad roadway of sin
Title: I'll take the first step
Author: E. A. Hoffman
Refrain First Line: I'll start for the kingdom



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Triumphant Songs No.2 #40

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