Pilgrims & Strangers As I wandered through this wicked world And pondered life as it unfurled As my eyes beheld the works of men I wondered much, 'has it always been'? That turmoil, strife, and glory vain had always been a curse & bane? In troubles many and conflicts much I wondered 'was it always such'? From a tender age 'til years mature consdering all but never sure Of why men struggle, war & fight and lie, and cheat, and neighbors slight Til one day there came a stranger And told me of my soul's great danger And that from above came One celestial To save me from this world terrestrial Of Him he spoke of His great Love And how he watched me from above How he took my evils and my sins my polluted heart where it all begins Soon his words were like a song I felt surrounded by a throng A sweet voice spoke and wooed me so and made me wish to be made whole I felt the tears come to my eyes Soon my heart was full of sighs I saw the horror of my soul and my foolish, worldly goal I knelt before this stranger there And offered up a sinners prayer And made my peace with my Creator I dared not put it off 'til later My heart seemed now so full of light and He gave me there the Spirits sight Now I knew of Adam's fall This world's curse and problems all That Jesus came to seek and save Sinners lost whose peace doth crave By His blood which shed was crimson To those humble tis greatly winsome Now He set me on that path Which truly every pilgrim hath He armed me with a sword & shield And commanded me to never yield To Satan's threats and howling roar Or when your soul he tempts quite sore At times your heart will stongly lure Then rely upon the word quite pure Along the way spread precious seed made fit for those in greatest need In fields-a-many spread not a few When kingdom comes I'll take what's due To those whom of thee speak some evil And vex your soul like some dark weevil Their sin you hate and lusts and lies but not their souls, them not despise When doubts arise and bring confusion and your mind seems wrought by some contusion Then seek my face and never waiver time will bring what thy soul doth savor These things spoke my Lord to me And soon it was so plain to see That all He said was very true Though they who believe are very few But now I know of this worlds trouble And why men's rage doth boil and bubble Of what my course is now in life And how to face all toil and strife. To honor God is the pilgrims light To do what's right in Jesus sight This earthly path we suffer may but cometh a grand and glorious day And in that day we hear those words Sweeter than a thousand earthly birds 'Cause you've been true & ever fervent Welcome home, my faithful servant!'