Scripture Verse

I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

Introduction

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William Hague II
(1808–1887)

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).

Lyrics

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.