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2 Oh, lovely attitude, he stands
With melting heart and open hands!
He will—the very friend you need;
Turn out his enemy and thine ;
And let the heavenly stranger in. 5 Admit him, ere his anger burn,
Lest he depart, and ne'er return;
When at hís door denied you ’ll stand. Gregg. 205 “ Return unto the Lord.” Isa. lv. 7. L. M. 1 , ,
And seek an injured Father's face; Those warm desires that in thee burn,
Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 2 Return, O wand'rer, now return,
And seek a Father's melting heart;
His hand shall heal thy inward smart. 3 Return, O wand'rer, now return,
Thy Saviour bids thy spirit live;
How freely Jesus can forgive.
And wipe away the falling tear;
'Tis mercy's voice invites thee near. Collyer. 206 Pardon and Peace offered.
7s. 1 YE who
in his courts are found,
2 Turn to Christ your longing eyes,
Take the peace the gospel brings. 207 The Invitation. Rev. xxii. 17, 20. S. M. 1 THE whispering," Sinner, come ;">
, The bride, the Church of Christ, proclaims
To all his children, “Come.” 2 Let him that heareth say
To all about him, “Come ;"
To Christ, the fountain, come. 13 Yes, whosoever will,
Oh let him freely come,
'Tis Jesus bids him come. 4 Lo! Jesus, who invites,
Declares, “I quickly come :" Lord, even so; we wait thy hour;
Jesus, our Saviour, come. 208 The Weary inviled.
L. M. 1 COME, weary souls, with sin distressed,
Come, and accept the promised rest;
And cast your gloomy fears away. 2 Oppressed with sin, a painful load,
Oh come, and spread your woes abroad :
Will all the painful load remove.
To cleanse your guilt and heal your woes :
How rich the gift, how free the grace! 4 Lord, we accept, with thankful heart,
The hope thy gracious words impart:
209 The Gospel Invitation. Isa. lv. 1. L. M. 1
Hevery one that thirsts, draw nigh;
Buy wine and milk and gospel grace. 2 Ye nothing in exchange can give;
Leave all ye have and are, behind ; Freely the gift of God receive,
Pardon and peace in Jesus find. 3 Come to the living waters, come;, Sinners, obey your Maker's call
; Return, ye weary wanderers,
home, And find my grace is free for all. J. Wesley. 210 The Gospel Message.
8. 7. 4. 1 SINNERS, will you scorn the message Every sentence-oh how tender! Every line is full of love;
Listen to it
News from Zion's King proclaim-
How important !
Fearful hearts, they quell your fears,
Callous hearers of the wordWhile the messengers address you, Take the warnings they afford ;
We entreat youTake the warnings they afford. Littleton. 211
Peace to the troubled Soul. L. M. 6 lines. 1 PEACE, troubled soul, whose plaintive moan
Has taught each scene the note of wo;
Cease thy complaint, suppress thy groan,
And let thy tears forget to flow; Behold, the precious balm is found,
To lull thy pain, to heal thy wound. 2 Come, freely come, by sin oppressed,
Unburthen here thy weighty load ;
And trust the mercy of thy God;
Oh hear, believe, and bless the Lord. 212 Life the Day of Salvation. Ec. ix. 4–6, 10. L. M. 1
The time t insure the great reward; And while the lamp holds out to burn,
The vilest sinner may return.
To 'scape from hell and fly to heaven ;
and mortals may
But all the dead forgotten lie;
Alike unknowing and unknown.
Their envy buried in the dust;
Beneath the circuit of the sun.
My hands, with all your might pursue;
Nor faith nor hope, beneath the ground. 6 There are no acts of pardon pass’d
In the cold grave, to which we haste;
Watts. 213 The Alarm.
7. 6. *TOP, poor sinner, stop and think,
Before you farther go ;. Will you sport upon the brink
Of everlasting wo?
Once again we charge you-stop ;
For unless you warning take, Ere you are aware, you drop
Into the burning lake. 2 Say, have you an arm like God,
That you his will oppose ? Fear you not that iron rod
With which he breaks his foes ? Can you stand in that dread day,
When he judgment shall proclaim, And the earth shall melt away,
Like wax before the flames
To drag you to his bar;
Will fill you with despair ;
Sins of a blood-crimson dye,
And what can you reply? 4 Though your heart be made of steel,
Your forehead lined with brass, God at length will make you feel;
He will not let you pass. Sinners then in vain will call,
(Though they now despise his grace,) 6 Rocks and mountains, on us fall, And hide us from his face."
Newton. 214 Few saved. Luke xiii. 23.
S. M. 1 DESTRUCTION'S dangerous road
What multitudes pursue!
Is known or sought by few. 2 Believers enter in
By Christ, the living gate :
Complain it is too strait. 3 If self must be denied,
And sin forsaken quite,
And strive to think it right.