An Appeal to the Sinner

Swiftly the shades of evening gather around thy way

Author: Charles W. Naylor
Tune: [Swiftly the shades of evening gather around thy way]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1 Swiftly the shades of evening gather around thy way;
Fast is the sun declining, ending thy earthly day;
Dark, dark, ever descending has thy pathway been;
Sad, sad, sad is the ending of thy life of sin.

Refrain 1-3:
Dark thy future doth appear.

2 Swiftly the moments flying, hasten thy coming doom;
Specters of woe and torment upward before thee loom;
Down, down, deeper and deeper, sinking into night,
Far, far, left in the distance, is thy guiding light. [Refrain]

3 Swiftly thy steps now bear thee far from the holy way;
Thoughtless, from God and heaven thou dost each moment stray;
Near, near, swiftly approaching, is the day of wrath;
Sure, sure, straight to destruction leads thy sinful path. [Refrain]

4 Swiftly thy death is nearing, closer it comes each day,
Soon will its icy fingers banish thy life away;
Turn, turn, mercy is waiting, calling earnestly;
Come, come, Jesus is pleading, He is seeking thee.

Refrain 4:
Christ, thy Savior, now is near.

Source: Timeless Truths #1047

Author: Charles W. Naylor

Naylor, Charles Wesley. (1874--1950). C. W. Naylor was born in southern Ohio and reared in Ohio and West Virginia by grandparents. At the age of nineteen he left the Methodist church for the Church of God. He worked for a while at the Gospel Trumpet Company in Grand Junction, Michigan and on some evangelistic tours. He was ordained in 1899 in Springfield, Ohio. He was first injured in 1908 in Florida while moving timbers from under a meeting tent. He suffered a dislocated kidney and other internal injuries. A year later he was in a bus accident that left him an invalid for the rest of his life. Naylor wrote eight books, many articles and pamphlets, many hymns and gospel songs, besides being a columnist in the Gospel Trumpet. --John W.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Swiftly the shades of evening gather around thy way
Title: An Appeal to the Sinner
Author: Charles W. Naylor
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Dark thy future doth appear
Copyright: Public Domain



Timeless Truths #1047
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