The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Words: Appeared in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, Collected from Various Authors, by S. Woolmer (Exeter, England: 1801). In Daniel Sedgwick’s marked copy of John Dobell’s New Selection, 1806, the author is given as Jonathan Allen. It is not known what authority Sedgwick used to attribute the lyrics to Allen. Duffield, page 170, credits the hymn to John Allen.
In later hymnals, the first and second verse are sometimes transposed.
Sinners, will you scorn the message
Sent in mercy from above?
Every sentence, O how tender!
Every line is full of love:
Listen to it, listen to it,
Every line is full of love.
Hear the heralds of the Gospel
News from Zion’s king proclaim:
Pardon to each rebel sinner,:
Free forgiveness in His name
How important, how important,
Free forgiveness in His name.
Tempted souls, they bring you succor;
Fearful hearts, they quell your fears,
And, with news of consolation,
Chase away the falling tears:
Tender heralds, tender heralds,
Chase away the falling tears.
False professors, groveling wordlings,
Callous hearers of the Word,
While the messengers address you,
Take the warnings they afford;
We entreat you, we entreat you,
Take the warnings they afford.
O ye angels, hovering round us,
Waiting spirits, speed your way;
Haste ye to the court of Heaven,
Tidings bear without delay,
Rebel sinners, rebel sinners,
Glad the message will obey.