I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
Words: William Hague II, in Cutting’s Hymns for the Vestry and Fireside, 1841.
Music: Awful Majesty attributed to McFarland in The Beauties of Harmony, by Freeman Lewis, 1813.Attributed to Freeman Lewis in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, by Ananias Davisson, 1820 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Hark! sinner, hark! God speaks to thee;
How shall I let thee go?
How shall I thy destruction see,
And all thine anguish know?
Sinner, how shall I give thee up?
I’ve loved thee as a child;
Yet of thy sins, thou fill’st the cup,
As if with passion wild.
Sinner, how shall I let thee go?
My heart doth yearn for thee,
Yet thou dost love transgression so,
Thou wilt not turn to Me.
O sinner, stop! pause in thy path,
Pause, ere it be too late;
And now, while I hold back My wrath,
Escape thy threatening fate.
But if thou wilt not, then I must
Forever let thee go;
And that I am both kind and just,
The universe shall know.