Scripture Verse

You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Jer­vis, A Col­lec­tion of Hymns and Psalms for Pub­lic and Pri­vate Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1795). Peace to the re­turn­ing pe­ni­tent.

Music: Brown Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
William B. Bradbury
1816–1868

Lyrics

Sweet is the friendly voice which speaks
The words of life and peace;
Which bids the penitent rejoice,
And sin and sorrow cease.

No healing balm on earth like this
Can cheer the contrite heart;
No flattering dreams of earthly bliss
Such pure delight impart.

Thou still art merciful and kind;
Thy mercy, Lord, reveal:
The broken heart ’tis Thou canst bind,
The wounded spirit heal.

Let Thy bright presence, Lord, restore
Peace to my anxious breast:
Conduct me in the path that leads
To ev­er­last­ing rest.