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4 Sinners, turn-why will ye die ?
God, the Spirit, asks you why:
Wooed you to embrace his love ;5 Will ye not his grace receive ?
Will ye still refuse to live?
L. M. 186
Expostulation with Sinners.
Why in such fearful haste to die ?
Regardless of thy destiny ?
Led on by sin's delusive dreams ?
And force thy passage to the flames ? 3 Sinner, O lift thy thoughts above,
And hear the Lord of life unfold
Forever telling, yet untold ! 187
And scorn his gospel, here,
Or at his bar appear?
When storms of wrath are nigh;
Beneath his burning eye!
3 Why will you madly rush on death,
And force your way to wo? Why tempt the God, that holds your breath,
To strike the fatal blow.
Oh, come to Jesus now!
C. M. 188
Exhortation to Repentance.
No longer dare delay:
And meets a fiery day.
O'erlooks the crimes of men; His heralds now are sent abroad
To warn the world of sin. 3 O sinners, in his presence bow,
And all your guilt confess; Accept the offered Saviour now,
Nor trifle with his grace,
And call you to his bar;
7s, 5s & 4s. 189
Sinners warned by the Destruction of Sodom. HASTE thee, sinner, haste away,
Vengeance is at hand !
No more inquire:
Wrath from heaven shall be revealed
In liquid fire !
From the o'erwhelming rain!
In threatening form,
Oh flee the storm!
Ere the tempest falls !
For refuge fly!
Why wilt thou die?
While 'tis mercy's hour;
Oh turn and live;
He will forgive.
L. M. 190
Sinners invited to immediate Repentance. WHILE life prolongs its precious light,
Mercy is found—and peace is given; But soon–ah soon! approaching night
Shall blot out every hope of heaven.
2 While God invites—how blest the day!
How sweet the gospel's charming sound! Come, sinners, haste-oh, haste away,
While yet a pardoning God is found. 3 Soon, borne on time's most rapid wing,
Shall death command you to the grave; Before his bar your spirits bring,
And none be found to hear, or save. 4 In that lone land of deep despair,
No Sabbath's heavenly light shall rise; No God regard your bitter prayer,
No Saviour call you to the skies. 5 Now God invites—how blest the day!
How sweet the gospel's charming sound! Come, sinners, haste-oh, haste away, While yet a pardoning God is found.
S. M. 191
Sinners invited to immediate Repentance.
While yet ’tis called to-day;
Command your souls away. 2 Soon will the harvest close,
The summer soon be o'er;
Will hear your prayers no more. 3 Then while 'tis called to-day,
Oh hear the gospel's sound;
L. M. 192
God's Readiness to forgive. BEHOLD! this is the day of grace; Come, sinners, seek the Saviour's face;
You need but look to Christ and live
The Lord is ready to forgive.
His love is boundless as the sea;
The Lord is ready to forgive.
Lest he should finally depart;
The Lord is ready to forgive. 4 Come, all who thirst-come, all who willCome while the dews of
grace Come, as you are-come, look and liveThe Lord is ready to forgive.
C. M. 193
The Resolve. COME, trembling sinner, in whose breast
A thousand thoughts revolve: Come, with your guilt and fear oppressed,
And make this last resolve: 2 "I'll go to Jesus, though my sin
Hath like a mountain rose ; I see his courts, I'll enter in,
Whatever may oppose.
And there my guilt confess;
Without his sovereign grace. 4 Perhaps he will admit my plea,
Perhaps he'll hear my prayer; But if I perish, I will pray,
And perish only there."