Scripture Verse

So will I go in unto the king…and if I perish, I perish. Esther 4:16


Esther Confounding Haman
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

Words: Ed­mund Jones, in Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Aut­hors, by John Rip­pon, 1787.

Music: Abid­ing Grace John S. Camp, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

John S. Camp


Come, humble sinner, in whose breast,
A thousand thoughts revolve,
Come, with your guilt and fear oppressed,
And make this last resolve.

I’ll go to Jesus, though my sin
Like mountains round me close;
I know His courts, I’ll enter in,
Whatever may oppose.

Prostrate I’ll lie before His throne,
And there my guilt confess,
I’ll tell Him, I’m a wretch undone,
Without His sovereign grace.

I’ll to the gracious King approach,
Whose scepter pardon gives;
Perhaps he command my touch,
And then the suppliant lives.

Perhaps He will admit my plea,
Perhaps will hear my prayer;
But, if I perish, I will pray,
And perish only there.

I can but perish if I go;
I am resolved to try;
But if I stay away, I know
I must forever die.

But, if I die with mercy sought,
When I the King have tried,
This were to die (delightful thought!)
As sinner never died.