Scripture Verse

Obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Hast­ings, Spi­ri­tu­al Songs for So­cial Wor­ship (Uti­ca, New York: 1831–32).

Music: Cot­tman Ar­thur Cott­man (1842–1879) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Thomas Hastings
1784–1872

Lyrics

Dying souls, fast bound in sin,
Trembling and repining,
With no ray of light divine
On your pathway shining;
Why in darkness wander on,
Filled with consternation?
Jesus lives—in Him alone
Can you find sal­va­tion.

Worthless all your right­eous­ness;
You the law have broken;
Flee, then, to His sovereign grace,
Mercy thus has spoken;
Why, in deeds that you have done,
Seek for consolation?
Jesus lives—in Him alone
Can you find sal­va­tion.

Prostrate bow, confess your guilt,
Own your lost condition!
Yield to Him whose blood was spilt,
Unreserved submission:
Then no more in anguish groan;
Seek His mediation;
Jesus lives—in Him alone
Can you find sal­va­tion.

Linger not on all the plain:
Vengeance is pursuing;
Midst the dying and the slain,
Save your souls from ruin:
Flee to Him who can atone;
Flee from condemnation;
Jesus lives—in Him alone
Can you find sal­va­tion.