Scripture Verse

Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled. Luke 14:23


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: From Hymns Cal­cu­lat­ed for the Pur­pos­es of Pub­lic, So­cial, and Pri­vate Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by Tho­mas Beck (Ro­ches­ter, Kent, Eng­land: T. Fish­er, 1782), num­ber 219.

Music: Holl­ing­side John B. Dykes, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Lord, how large Thy boun­ties are,
Tender, gra­cious sin­ner’s friend;
What a feast dost Thou pre­pare,
And what in­vi­ta­tions send!
Now ful­fill Thy great de­sign,
Who didst first the mes­sage bring;
Every heart to Thee in­cline,
Now com­pel them to come in.

Rushing on the down­ward road,
Sinners no com­pul­sion need;
Heaven to for­sake, and God,
See, they run with ra­pid speed.
Draw them back by love di­vine—
With Thy grace their spir­its win;
Every heart to Thee in­cline;
Now com­pel them to come in.

Thus their will­ing souls com­pel—
Thus their hap­py minds con­strain,
From the ways of death and hell,
Home to God, and grace again.
Stretch that con­quer­ing arm of Thine,
Once stretched out to bleed for sin;
Every heart to Thee in­cline,
Now com­pel them to come in.