Scripture Verse

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.

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

Alternate Tunes:

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

Joseph Barnby
National Portrait Gallery



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.