Scripture Verse

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 399. Con­dem­na­tion of the Wick­ed.

Music: Schu­mann Can­ti­ca Laud­is, by Lo­well Ma­son & George J. Webb (New York: Ma­son & Law, 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Sinners in vain expect
Among the just t’appear;
God’s threatening word and flaming sword
Forbid an entrance there.

Depart, ye hardened race,
Heav’n’s lofty gates are barred;
Nor can you force a passage through,
Or bribe the watchful guard.

Time was that Jesus spread
His kind inviting arms;
But you rejected all His calls,
And slighted all His charms.

The Savior you despised,
Now dooms you down to hell;
There with confounding horror seized,
ln fiery deeps to dwell.

How will your hearts endure?
How can your hands be strong,
When He shall vengeance take, to whom
All vengeance doth belong.