Scripture Verse

My people are bent to backsliding from Me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt Him. Hosea 11:7

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
(1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Var­i­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 153: The re­lent­ing of God’s heart ov­er His back­slid­ing peo­ple.

Music: Ma­no­ah ar­ranged from Giao­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni in Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, by Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Giaochino A. Rossini
(1792–1868)

Lyrics

Ye sinners on backsliding bent,
God’s gracious call attend;
Shall not compassion so divine
Each stubborn spirit bend?

“How shall I give mine Israel up
To ruin and despair?
How pour down showers of flaming wrath
And make a Sodom there?

My bowels strong relentings feel;
My heart is pained within;
I will not all My wrath exert,
Nor visit all their sin.

The mercy of a God restrains
The thunders of His hand;
Come, seek protection from that power,
Which you can ne’er withstand.

With trembling haste, O God, to Thee
Let sinners wing their flight;
As doves, when birds of prey pursue,
Down on their windows light.

Father, we seek Thy gracious arm,
All melted at Thy voice;
O may Thy heart, that feels our woes,
In our return rejoice.