…a gentle whisper.@1 Kings 19:12

Abigail B. Hyde, 1824.

Bera John E. Gould, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John E. Gould (1821-1875)

Say, sinner! hath a voice within
Oft whispered to thy secret soul,
Urged thee to leave the ways of sin,
And yield thy heart to God’s control?

Hath something met thee in the path
Of worldliness and vanity,
And pointed to the coming wrath,
And warned thee from that wrath to flee?

Sinner! it was a heavenly voice—
It was the Spirit’s gracious call;
It bade thee make the better choice,
And haste to seek in Christ thine all.

Spurn not the call to life and light;
Regard, in time, the warning kind;
That call thou mayst not always slight,
And yet the gate of mercy find.

God’s Spirit will not always strive
With hardened, self-destroying man;
Ye who persist His love to grieve,
May never hear His voice again.

Sinner! perhaps this very day,
Thy last accepted time may be:
O shouldst thou grieve Him now away,
Then hope may never beam on thee.