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5 Come, all ye vilest sinners, come,
He'll form your souls anew:
For rebels such as you.
There's virtue in his name To turn the raven to a dove,
The lion to a lamb.
159. L.M.— The Gospel Invitation. Isa. lv. 1-4. 1 HO! every one that thirsts, draw nigh;
('Tis God invites the fallen race;) Mercy and free salvation buy;
Buy wine, and milk, and gospel-grace. 2 “ Come, to the living waters, come;
Sinners, obey your Maker's call; Return
ye weary wanderers home, And find my grace is free for all. 3 " See from the rock a fountain rise! For
you in healing streams it rolls: Money ye need not bring, nor price,
Ye labouring, burden'd, sin-sick souls. 4. “ Nothing ye in exchange shall give,
Leave all you have, and are, behind: Frankly the gift of God receive,
Pardon and peace in Jesus find.
that which is not bread, Nor can your hungry souls sustain? On ashes, husks, and air ye
feed; Ye spend your little all in vain. 6 “ In search of empty toys below,
Ye toil with unavailing strife: Whither, ah! whither would you go?
I have the words of endless life.
7 « Hearken to me with earnest care,
And freely eat substantial food;
And taste that I alone am good.
My promises for all are free;
And let your souls delight in me. 9 Your willing ear and heart incline,
My words with faith and joy receive; Quicken'd your souls by grace divine,
An everlasting life shall live.
P.M.-Sinners invited to Christ. 1 COME ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak’and wounded, sick and sore,
He is able, He is willing: doubt no more. 2 Come ye thirsty, come and welcome;
God's free bounty glorify:
Every grace that brings us nigh,
Come to Jesus Christ and buy.
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
This he gives you,
* Isaiah i, 6.
4 Come ye weary heavy laden,
Bruis'd and mangled by the Fall!
Not the righteous-
On the ground your Saviour lies! On the bloody tree behold him; Hear him cry before he dies,
66 It is finish'd!” Sinners, will not this suffice? 6 Lo! the incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of his blood: Venture on him, venture wholly, Let no other trust intrude:
None but Jesus
Sing the praises of the Lamb;
161. L.M.-- The Gospel first preached at Jerusalem. Luke xxiv. 47. 1 - GO (saith the Lord) proclaim my grace,
" To all the sons of Adam's race,
“ And at Jerusalem begin. 2 “ There, where my blood, not fully dry,
“ Stands warm upon Mount Calvary;
By whom so lately it was spilt.
3 “ Now let the daring rebels turn,
" And o’er their bleeding Sovereign mourn; “ Their bleeding Sovereign shall forgive,
" And bid the rebels look and live.” 4 Is this thy voice, all-gracious Lord ?
And did the rebels hear thy word?
And on their knees forgiveness meet? 5 Then may I hope for mercy too;
Such love can my hard heart subdue,
Among these captives of thy grace. 6 Here be it daily mine employ
To bathe thy wounds with tears of joy,
162. L.M.-" Behold I stand at the door and knock," Rev, iii. 20. 1 BEHOLD a stranger's at the door!
He gently knocks, has knock'd before:
You use no other friend so ill.
He will,- the very friend you need;
With garments dyed at Calvary. 3 Oh, lovely attitude! he stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
This matchless kindness to his foes. 4 Rise, touch'd with gratitude divine,
Turn out his enemy and thine;
5 Yet know, nor of the terms complain:
Where Jesus comes, he comes to reign;
Thoughts must be slain that disobey. 6 Sovereign of souls! thou Prince of Peace!
O may thy gentle reign increase!
163. C.M.- Behold, I stand at the door and knock." Rev. iii, 20. 1 COME let us who in Christ believe,
Our common Saviour praise;
The glory of his grace.
Of every sinner's heart;
Nor force him to depart.
Yield to be sav'd from sin;
That thou wilt enter in.
Nor ever hence remove;
C.M.- The Sower. Matt, xiii. 3. 1 YE sons of earth, prepare the plough,
Break up your fallow ground! The sower is gone forth to sow,
And scatter blessings round. 2 The seed that finds a stony soil
Shoots forth a hasty blade; But ill repays the sower's toil, ,
Soon wither’d, scorch’d, and dead.