Why will you do without him

I could not do without him!

Author: Frances R. Havergal
Tune: [I could not do without Him]
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1 I could not do without Him!
Jesus is more to me
Than all the richest, fairest gifts
Of earth could ever be;
But the more I find Him precious,
And the more I find Him true,
The more I long for you to find
What He can be to you.

Why will you do without Him?
Is He not kind indeed?
Did He not die to save you?
Is He not all you need?

2 You need not do without Him,
For He is passing by;
He is waiting to be gracious,
Only waiting for your cry;
He is waiting to receive you
To make you all His own,
Why will you do without Him,
And wander on alone? [Refrain]

3 What will you do without Him?
When He hath shut the door,
And you are left outside because
You would not come before?
When it is no use knocking,
No use to stand and wait,
For the word of doom tolls thro’ your breast,
That terrible, “Too late!” [Refrain]

4 Why should you do without Him?
It is not yet too late;
He has not closed the day of grace,
He has not shut the gate.
He calls you!—Oh, He calls you!
He would not have you go
Another step without Him,
Because He loves you so. [Refrain]

Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 3 #98

Author: Frances R. Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >

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First Line: I could not do without him!
Title: Why will you do without him
Author: Frances R. Havergal
Copyright: Public Domain



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