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59. The Golden Key

“Prayer is the key to unlock the door, and the bolt to shut in the night.”
Jno.R. Sweney

Verse 1:
Pray’r is the key
For the bending knee
To open the morn’s first hours;
See the incense rise
To the starry skies,
Like perfume from the flow’rs.

Verse 2:
Not a soul so sad,
Nor a heart so glad,
When cometh the shades of night,
But the daybreak song
Will the joy prolong,
And some darkness turn to light.

Verse 3:
Take the golden key
In your hand and see,
As the night tide drifts away,
How its blessed hold
Is a crown of gold,
Thro’ the weary hours of day.

Verse 4:
When the shadows fall,
And the vesper call
Is sobbing its low refrain,
‘Tis a garland sweet
To the toil dent feet
And an antidote for pain.

Verse 5:
Soon the year’s dark door
Shall be shut no more:
Life’s tears shall be wiped away,
As the pearl gates swing,
And the gold harps ring,
And the sun unsheathe for aye.

1875
John J. Hood

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58. What will You Do?

The word “meet” at the end of Verse 3 has the older meaning of “fit” or “proper”.

Verse 1:
What will you do with the King called Jesus?
Many are waiting to hear you say,–
Some have despised Him, rejecting His mercy,
What will you do with your King today?
What can you witness concerning His goodness,
Who died to save you from sin’s bitter thrall?
Who will declare Him the fairest of thousands?
Who now will crown Him the Lord of all?

Refrain:
What will you do with the King called Jesus?
What, oh, what will you do with Jesus?
He waits to bless all who humbly confess
Faith in His blood and righteousness.

Verse 2:
What will you do for the King called Jesus?
He who for you left His throne above,
Here ‘mid the lowly and sinful to labor,
Daily unfolding His Father’s love,
Look on the fields white already to harvest,
Who now is willing to toil with the few?
What will you do for the dear Savior, Jesus?
Lo, He is waiting, He calls for you!

Verse 3:
What will you do with the King called Jesus?
Who will submit to His gentle sway?
Where are the hearts ready now to enthrone Him?
Who will His kind commands obey?
Come with your ointments most costly and precious,
Pour out your gifts at the dear Savior’s feet;
Render to Him all your loyal devotion;
Seek to exalt Him by praises meet.

F.G. Burroughs/Adam Geibel
1890 John J. Hood

57. Let Me to Thy Bosom fly

“In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge.”-Ps. 57:1

Verse 1:
“Let me to thy bosom fly,”
Weak and wounded, like the bird;
Hear, oh, hear my earnest cry;
Let Thy pity be conferred.

Refrain:
“Let me to thy bosom fly;”
Let my lips repeat the cry;
“While the tempest still is high,
Let me to thy bosom fly.”

Verse 2:
“Let me to thy bosom fly,”
Stormy waves around me roll;
Surges beating mountain high,
Threaten to engulf my soul.

Verse 3:
“Let me to thy bosom fly,”
Hallelujah! then I’ll sing;
Thro’ the blue arch of the sky,
Anthems loud and clear shall ring.

Mrs. E.W. Chapman/J.H. Tenney
1893 by Geo.D. Elderkin

56. I will Shout His Praise in Glory

In the refrain, the words in parentheses are echoes after the main line.

Verse 1:
You ask what makes me happy, my heart so free from care,
It is because my Savior in mercy heard my prayer;
He brought me out of darkness and now the light I see;
O blessed, loving Savior! To Him the praise shall be.

Refrain:
I will shout His praise in glory (So will, so will I),
And we’ll all sing hallelujah in heaven by and by;
I will shout His praise in glory (So will, so will I),
And we’ll all sing hallelujah in heaven by and by.

Verse 2:
I was a friendless wand’rer till Jesus took me in,
My life was full of sorrow, my heart was full of sin;
But when the blood so precious spoke pardon to my soul;
Oh, blissful, blissful moment! ’twas joy beyond control.

Verse 3:
I wish that ev’ry sinner before His throne would bow;
He waits to bid them welcome, He longs to bless them now;
If they but knew the rapture that in His love i see,
They’d come and shout salvation, and sing His praise with me.

Verse 4:
I mean to live for Jesus while here on earth I stay,
And when His voice shall call me to realms of endless day,
As one by one we gather, rejoicing on the shore,
We’ll shout His praise in glory, and sing forevermore.

P.H. Dingman/Jno.R. Sweney
1889

55. Keep me Ever

Verse 1:
In Thy perfect peace divine,
Keep, O keep me ever;
Where my faith will brightest shine,
Keep, O keep me ever.

Refrain:
Let Thy heart my dwelling be,
Let Thy word abide in me;
In the path that leads to thee,
Keep, O keep me ever.

Verse 2:
At my post of duty still
Keep, O keep me ever;
Learning there Thy righteous will,
Keep, O keep me ever.

Verse 3:
‘Neath Thy all protecting wings,
Keep, O keep me ever;
By the soul refreshing springs,
Keep, O keep me ever.

Verse 4:
Till my last expiring breath,
Keep, O keep me ever;
Thine in life, and Thine in death,
Keep, O keep me ever.

Sallie M. Smith/Jno.R. Sweney
1885

54. Brother, will You Go?

Verse 1:
Away beyond the stars which the midnight sky unfolds,
There are scenes of rarest beauty, and palaces of gold;
And o’er that lovely prospect there falls no winter’s snow;
There warblers sing in endless spring, O brother, will you go?
There warblers sing in endless spring, O brother, will you go?

Verse 2:
There are cities rich in grandeur inviting you to come,
And who can tell the wealth of a heav’nly city home?
Its rural scenes, its mansions, its crystal streams that flow,
All, all are free for you and me, O brother, will you go?
All, all are free for you and me, O brother, will you go?

Verse 3:
There leap the lame for joy, there the blind receive their sight;
There ears long closed to sound will be ravished with delight;
There tongues that never uttered a sentence here below,
Burst into song thro’ ages long, O brother, will you go?
Burst into song thro’ ages long, O brother, will you go?

Verse 4:
But One will meet us there who has been our heart’s delight,
Whose praises we have sung thro’ the sleepless hours of night;
How sweet the tho’t that Jesus we then shall see and know,
Who by His grace prepared that place, O brother, will you go?
Who by His grace prepared that place, O brother, will you go?

Wm. Woodward/Mrs. W.V. Baker
1892 by Jno. R. Sweney

53. Mighty to Save

Verse 1:
Go tell the world who are watching in sorrow,
Jesus hath broken the bars of the grave,
Point to the dawn of the brighter tomorrow,
Jesus is risen, the mighty to save.

Refrain:
Mighty to save,
Mighty to save,
Mighty to save,
Mighty to save;
Go tell the world that the day dawn is breaking,
Christ marches onward, Mighty to save.

Verse 2:
Tell the sad heathen-world, weary and weeping,
Sitting in darkness beyond ocean’s wave,
Centuries passing, they still watch are keeping,
Waiting for One who is mighty to save.

Verse 3:
Comfort the weary ones, sad, broken-hearted,
Unloose the captive and lift up the slave,
Armies of rescue, from heav’n’s portals started,
Follow the One who is mighty to save.

Verse 4:
Jesus of Nazareth, wonderful story!
Strong to deliver from sin and the grave,
Majesty, honor, dominion and glory
Be unto Him who is mighty to save.

W.A.S./Rev. W.A. Spencer, D.D.
1893