Scripture Verse

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. Isaiah 1:2

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns, Vol­ume 1 (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), num­ber 1046.

Music: Ver­non (In­galls), from Chris­tian Har­mo­ny, by Jer­e­mi­ah In­galls, 1805. This ver­sion is from A Com­pil­a­tion of Gen­u­i­ne Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk, 1835 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Hear, heaven and earth, your God’s appeal,
Jehovah to His creature cries.
“Angels and men, My justice tell,
When all My storms of vengeance rise
To plague a vile rebellious race,
Apostates from My richest grace.

Children I have nursed up and bred,
Marked with the new, the Christian name,
But lo! the base degenerate seed
Impatient to divulge their shame,
Their foul ingratitude to prove,
Have spurned the bowels of My love.