Scripture Verse

The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.@Romans 11:29

Words: Sam­u­el J. Stone, 1885. This hymn was writ­ten for the East Lon­don Mis­sion to the Jews, and in­clud­ed in the 1889 Ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Ship­lake Ev­er­ard W. Hul­ton, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel J. Stone
(1839–1900)

Unchanging God, hear from eternal Heav’n:
We plead Thy gifts of grace, forever given,
Thy call, without repentance, calling still,
The sure election of Thy sovereign will.

Out of our faith in Thee, who canst not lie,
Out of our heart’s desire, goes up our cry,
From hope’s sweet vision of the thing to be,
From love to those who still are loved by Thee.

Bring Thy belovèd back, Thine Israel,
Thine own elect who from Thy favor fell,
But not from Thine election! O forgive,
Speak but the word, and lo! the dead shall live.

Father of mercies! these the long astray,
These in soul blindness now the far away,
These are not aliens, but Thy sons of yore,
Oh, by Thy Fatherhood, restore, restore!

Breathe upon Thy Church, that it may greet the day;
Stir up her will to toil, and teach, and pray,
Till Zionward again salvation come,
And all her outcast children are at home.

Triune Jehovah, Thine the grace and power,
Thine all the work, its past, its future hour,
O Thou, who failest not, Thy gifts fulfill,
And crown the calling of Thy changeless will.