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Glorify the King of kings,
Take the peace the gospel brings.

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Expostulation with Sinners. I SINNERS! turn, why will ye die ?

God, your Maker, asks you-Why?
God, who did your being give,
Made you with himself to live,
He the fatal cause demands,
Asks the work of his own hands,
Why, ye thankless creatures! why,

Will ye cross his love, and die ?
2 Sinners ! turn, why will ye die ?

God, your Saviour, asks you-Why?
He, who did your souls retrieve,
Died himself that ye might live;-
Will ye let him die in vain ?
Crucify your Lord again ?
Why, ye ransomed sinners! why,

Will ye slight his grace, and die ?"
3 Sinners! turn, why will ye die ?

God, the Spirit, asks you-Why?
Many a time with you he strove,
Wooed you to embrace his love:
Will ye not his grace receive?
Will ye still refuse to live?
Oh! ye guilty sinners! why-
Why will ye for ever die ?

C. M. 270.

Expostulation wilh Sinners. 1 SINNERS! the voice of God regard;

'T is mercy speaks to-day; He calls you by his sovereign word,

From sin's destructive way.
2 Like the rough sea that cannot rest,

You live devoid of peace :
A thousand stings within your breast

Deprive your souls of ease.
3 Your way is dark, and leads to hell ;

And will you onward go?
Can you in endless burnings dwell,

Or bear eternal wo?

4 Lo! he, who turns to God, shall live,

Through his abounding grace;
His mercy will the guilt forgive

Of those who seek his face.
5 Bow to the sceptre of his word

Renouncing every sin :
Submit to him, your Sovereign Lord,

And learn his will divine. 6 His love exceeds your highest thoughts ;

He pardons like a God;
He will forgive your numerous faults,

Through Christ's atoning blood.

L. M. 271,

Knocking at the Door.
I BEHOLD a stranger at the door!

He gently knocks,-has knocked before ;
Has waited long-is waiting still;

You treat no other friend so ill. 2 Oh! lovely attitude--he stands

With melting heart and loaded hands :
Oh! matchless kindness-and he shows

This matchless kindness to his foes ! 3 But will he prove a friend indeed?

He will--the very friend you need ;
The friend of sinners-yes, 't is he,

With garments dyed on Calvary.
4 Rise-touched with gratitude divine,

Turn out his enemy and thine,-
That soul-destroying monster, sin,

And let the heavenly stranger in. 5 Admit him, ere his anger burn,

His feet departed ne'er return;
Admit him.-or the hour 's at hand,
You ’ll at his door rejected stand.

8s, 7s and 4. 272. Invitation to Sinners. 1 COME, ye sinners ! heavy-laden, Lost and ruined by the fall,

If you wait till you are better,
You will never come at all:
Sinners only,

Christ, the Saviour, came to call.
2 Let not sense of guilt prevent you,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness he requireth

Is to feel your need of him:
This he gives you ;-

"T is the Spirit's rising beam. 3 Agonizing in the garden,

Lo! your Saviour prostrate lies;
On the bloody tree behold him,

There he groans, and bleeds, and dies: "It is finished"

Heaven accepts the sacrifice.

4 Lo! th' incarnate God ascending
Pleads the merit of his blood;
Venture on him,-venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude:
None but Jesus

Can do helpless sinners good.
5 Saints and angels, joined in concert,
Sing the praises of the Lamb;
While the blissful seats of heaven
Sweetly echo with his name;
Hallelujah!-

Sinners here may sing the same.

L. M.

273.

The Sinner entreated.

1 RETURN, O wanderer! now return, And seek thine injured Father's face; Those new desires that in thee burn,

Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 2 Return, O wanderer! now return,

He hears thy deep repentant sigh;
He hears thy softened spirit mourn,

When no intruding ear is nigh.

3 Return, O wanderer! now return,
Thy Saviour bids thy spirit live;
Go to his bleeding, feet, and learn
How freely Jesus can forgive.

4 Return, O wanderer! now return, And wipe away the falling tear; Thy Father calls-"No longer mourn!" 'Tis mercy's voice invites thee near.

C. M.

The heavenly Guest.

274.

1 AND will the Lord thus condescend To visit sinful worms?

Thus at the door shall mercy stand,
In all her winning forms?

2 Shall Jesus for admittance plead,
His charming voice unheard?
And this vile heart, for which he bled,
Remain for ever barred?

3 "T is sin, alas! with tyrant-power,
The lodging has possessed;

And crowds of traitors bar the door,
Against the heavenly guest.

4 Lord! rise in thine all-conquering grace, Thy mighty power display;

One beam of glory from thy face
Can drive my foes away.

5 Ye vile seducers! hence depart;
Dear Saviour! enter in;
Oh! guard the passage to my heart,
And keep out every sin.

8s, 7s and 4. Glad Tidings.

275.

1 SINNERS! will you scorn the message Coming from the courts above?

Mercy speaks in every passage;
Every line is full of love;

Oh! believe it,

Every line is full of love.

2 Now, the heralds of salvation

Joyful news from heaven proclaim :-
Sinners freed from condemnation,

Through the all-atoning Lamb!
Life receiving-

Through the all-atoning Lamb.

3 Who hath their report believed?
Who received the joyful word?
Who embraced the news of pardon,
Freely offered by the Lord?
Life immortal,—
Freely offered by the Lord.

4 O ye angels! hovering round us,-
Waiting spirits! speed your way,
Hasten to the court of heaven,
Tidings bear without delay,-
Rebel-sinners-

Glad the message will obey.

S. M.

The accepted Time.

276.

1 NOW is th' accepted time,
Now is the day of grace;
O sinners! come, without delay,
And seek the Saviour's face.

2 Now is th' accepted time,

The Saviour calls to-day;
To-morrow it may be too late ;-
Then why should you delay ?

3 Now is th' accepted time,

The gospel bids you come :
And every promise, in his word,
Declares there yet is room.

4 Lord! draw reluctant souls,
And melt them by thy love;
Then will the angels speed their way
To bear the news above.

8s and 4.

The Gospel-Trumpet.

277.

1 HARK-hark! the gospel-trumpet sounds,→→
Through the wide earth the echo bounds;
Pardon and peace by Jesus' blood!
Sinners are reconciled to God,
By grace divine.

2 Come, sinners! hear the joyful news Nor longer dare the grace refuse;

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