Page images
PDF
EPUB

276

8.7.

AS there ever kindest shepherd,

As the Saviour who would have us

Come and gather round His feet? 2 There is welcome for the sinner,

And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour,

There is healing in His blood. 3 There is plentiful redemption

In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members

In the sorrows of the Head.
4. There is grace enough for thousands

Of new worlds as great as this ;
There is room for fresh creations

In that upper home of bliss.
5 Pining souls ! come nearer Jesus ;

And, oh, come not doubting thus,
But with faith that trusts more bravely

His huge tenderness for us.
6 If our love were but more simple,

We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.

F. W. FABER. 277 THE Saviour calls,

let every ear Attend the heavenly sound ; Ye doubting souls, dismiss your fear, : Hope smiles reviving round.

C.M.

2 For every thirsty, longing heart,

Here streams of bounty flow,
And life and health and bliss impart,

To banish mortal woe. 3 Ye sinners, come! 'tis mercy's voice;

The gracious call obey;
Mercy invites to heavenly joys;

And can you yet delay? 4 Dear Saviour, draw reluctant hearts,

To Thee let sinners fly,
And take the bliss Thy love imparts,

And drink, and never die.

A. STEELE.

7.6.

278

MO-DAY Thy mercy calls us
TO

To wash away our sin,
However great our trespass,

Whatever we have been :
However long from mercy

Our hearts have turned away,
Thy precious blood can cleanse us,

Ănd make us white to-day. 2 To-day Thy gate is open,

And all who enter in
Shall find a Father's welcome,

And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten,

A present joy be given,
A future grace be promised,
A glorious crown in heaven.

а

3 To-day our Father calls us ;

His Holy Spirit waits ;
The blessed angels gather

Around the heavenly gates :
No question will be asked us

How often we have come ;
Although we oft have wandered,

It is our Father's home!
4 O all-embracing mercy !

O ever-open door !
What should we do without Thee

When heart and eye run o'er?
When all things seem against us,

To drive us to despair,
We know one gate is open,

One ear will hear our prayer !

0. ALLEN.

S.M.

2

279

TO

-MORROW, Lord, is Thine,

Lodged in Thy sovereign hand ;
And if its sun arise and shine,

It shines by Thy command.
The present moment flies,

And bears our life away ;
O make Thy servants truly wise,

That they may live to-day ! 3 Since on this wingèd hour

Eternity is hung,
Waken, by Thine almighty power,

The aged and the young.

4 One thing demands our care ;

O be it still pursued !
Lest, slighted once, the season fair

Should never be renewed. 5

To Jesus may we fly,

Swift as the morning light, Lest life's young golden beams should die In sudden, endless night.

DODDRIDGE.

[ocr errors]

280

78. WEA CEARY souls that wander wide

From the central point of bliss,
Turn to Jesus crucified,
Fly to those dear wounds of His :

Wash in His atoning blood,

Rise into the life of God. ? Find in Christ the

way

of

peace, Peace unspeakable, unknown: By His pain He gives you ease, Life by His expiring groan:

Rise, exalted by His fall,

Find in Christ your all in all. 3 O believe the record true,

God to you His Son hath given !
Ye may now be happy too ;
Find on earth the life of heaven :

Live the life of heaven above,
All the life of glorious love.

WESLEY.

281

75. WELCOME, Welcome! sinner, hear!

Hang not back through shame or

fear;
Doubt not, nor distrust the call ;

Mercy is proclaimed to all.
2 Welcome to the offered peace;
Welcome, prisoner, to release;
Burst thy bonds ; be saved ; be free;

; Rise and come- He calleth thee. 3 Welcome, weeping penitent; Grace has made thy heart relent;

Welcome, long estrangèd child ;

God in Christ is reconciled. 4 All ye weary and distrest, Welcome to relief and rest!

All is ready : hear the call,

There is ample room for all. 5 O the virtue of that price, That redeeming sacrifice !

Come, ye bought, but not with gold ;
Welcome to the sacred fold !

J. CONDER.

282

75.
Redeemer
More than He bath done for you?
To procure your peace with God,

Could He more than shed His blood ?
If your death were His delight,
Would He you to life invite?

« PreviousContinue »