Scripture Verse

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Introduction

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by R. Hall (Lon­don: Bur­ton & Briggs, 1817), num­ber 362, alt. The Un­right­eous ex­clud­ed from hea­ven.

Music: Chi­sel­hurst Jo­seph Barn­by, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Joseph Barnby
(1838–1896)

Lyrics

Can sinners hope for Heav’n,
Who love this world so well?
Or dream of future happiness
While on the road to hell?

None shall hosannas sing,
With an unhallowed tongue;
Nor palms adorn the guilty hand
Which does its neighbor wrong.

Ne’er can sin’s downward way
Lead up to Zion’s hill;
Nor those expect with God to reign
Who disregard His will.

Thy grace, O God, alone,
Can a good hope afford;
The pardoned and renewed shall see
The glory of the Lord.