Scripture Verse

I have sinned against Heaven. Luke 15:18


Leonard C. Everett

Words: George Crabbe, The Par­ish Re­gis­ter 1807.

Music: En­ni­us Le­on­ard C. Ev­er­ett (1818–1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George Crabbe


Pilgrim, burdened with thy sin,
Come the way to Zion’s gate:
There, till mercy lets thee in,
Knock, and weep, and watch, and wait.
Knock—He knows the sinner’s cry;
Weep—He loves the mourner’s tears;
Watch, for saving grace is nigh;
Wait, till heavenly light appears.

Hark, it is the Bridegroom’s voice:
Welcome, pilgrim to thy rest!
Now within the gate rejoice,
Safe, and sealed, and bought, and blest
Safe, from all the lures of vice;
Sealed, by signs the chosen know;
Bought by love, and life the price;
Blest, the mighty debt to owe.

Holy pilgrim, what for thee
In a world like this remain?
From thy guarded breast shall flee
Fear, and shame, and doubt, and pain;
Fear, the hope of Heav’n shall fly;
Shame, from glory’s view retire;
Doubt, in certain rapture die;
Pain, in endless bliss expire.