Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, edited by R. Hall (London: Burton & Briggs, 1817), number 362, alt.
Unrighteous Excluded from Heaven.
If you know where to get a good picture of Beddome (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Can sinners hope for Heav’n,
Who love this world so well;
Or dream of future happiness
While on the road to hell?
Shall they hosannas sing,
With an unhallowed tongue;
Shall palms adorn the guilty hand,
Which does its neighbor wrong?
Canan sin’s deceitful way
Conduct to Zion’s hill;
Or those expect with God to reign
Who disregard His will?
’Tis naught but grace divine
Can solid hope afford;
The pure in heart alone shall see
The glory of the Lord.