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Lo! we come to Thee for ease,

True and gracious as Thou art ;
Now our groaning souls release,
Write forgiveness on our heart.

L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1739.
Written May 23, 1738, immediately after his conversion.
THERE shall my wondering soul begin?
W How shall I all to heaven aspire ?
A slave redeemed from death and sin,

A brand plucked from eternal fire,
How shall I equal triumphs raise,

And sing my great Deliverer's praise ? 2 O how shall I the goodness tell,

Father, which Thou to me hast showed ?
That I, a child of wrath and hell,

I should be called a child of God,
Should know, should feel my sins forgiven,

Blest with this antepast of heaven !
3 And shall I slight my Father's love?

Or basely fear His gifts to own?
Unmindful of His favours prove ?

Shall I, the hallowed cross to shun,
Refuse His righteousness to' impart,

By hiding it within my heart ?
4 No: though the ancient Dragon rage,

And call forth all his host to war ;
Though earth's self-righteous sons engage,

Them, and their god, alike I dare;
Jesus, the sinner's Friend, proclaim;

Jesus, to sinners still the same. 5 Outcasts of men, to you I call,

Harlots, and publicans, and thieves !
He spreads His arms to embrace you all ;

Sinners alone, His grace receives ;
No need of Him the righteous have ;
He came the lost to seek and save. .

6 Come, O my guilty brethren, come,

Groaning beneath your load of sin :
His bleeding heart shall make you room,

His open side shall take you in :
He calls you now, invites you home,

Come, O‘my guilty brethren, come 7 For you the purple current flowed

In pardons from His wounded side ;
Languished for you the eternal God;

For you the Prince of Glory died :
Believe, and all your sin's forgiven;

Only believe, and yours is heaven! 397 (423) L.M. 6 lines. C. Wesley. 1741.

SEE, sinners, in the gospel glass,
D The Friend and Saviour of mankind !
Not one of all the' apostate race

But may in Him salvation find !
His thoughts, and words, and actions prove,

-His life and death,—that God is Love! 2 Behold the Lamb of God, who bears

The sins of all the world away!
A servant's form He meekly wears,

He sojourns in a house of clay!
His glory is no longer seen,

But God with God is man with men. 3 See where the God Incarnate stands,

And calls His wandering creatures home : He all day long spreads out His hands;

“Come, weary souls, to Jesus come! Ye all may hide you in My breast;

Believe, and I will give you rest.
4. "Ah! do not of My goodness doubt,

My saving grace for all is free ;
I will in no wise cast him out

That comes a sinner unto Me;
I can to none Myself deny;
Why, sinners, will ye perish, why ?"

398

L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1741.
CINNERS, believe the gospel word ;

Jesus is come, your souls to save !
Jesus is come, your common Lord ;

Pardon ye all through Him may have ;
May now be saved, whoever will :

This Man receiveth sinners still.
2 See where the lame, the halt, the blind,

The deaf, the dumb, the sick, the poor
Flock to the Friend of human kind,

And freely all accept their cure:
To whom did He His help deny ?
Whom, in His days of flesh, pass by ?
3 Did not His word, the fiends expel,

The lepers cleanse, and raise the dead ?
Did He not all their sickness heal,

And satisfy their every need ?
Did He reject His helpless clay,

Or send them sorrowful away ?
4 Nay, but His bowels yearned to see

The people hungry, scattered, faint ;
Nay, but He uttered over Thee,

Jerusalem, a true complaint;
Jerusalem, who shedd'st His blood,

That, with His tears, for thee hath flowed. 399 149

L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1741. W OULD Jesus have the sinner die ?

Why hangs He, then, on yonder tree? What means that strange expiring cry?

(Sinners, He prays for you and me) “Forgive them, Father, O forgive :

They know not that by Me they live !" 2 Adam descended from above,

Our loss of Eden to retrieve,
Great God of universal love,

If all the world in Thee may live,
In us a quickening Spirit be,
And witness, Thou hast died for me !

3 Thou be by Theat, Thy in on the pray,

3 Thou loving, all-atoning Lamb,

Thee—by Thy painful agony,
Thy bloody sweat, Thy grief and shame,

Thy cross, and passion on the tree,
Thy precious death and life-I pray,

Take all, take all my sins away! 4 O let me kiss Thy bleeding feet,

And bathe and wash them with my tears;
The story of Thy love repeat

In every drooping sinner's ears ;
That all may hear the quickening sound,

If I, e'en I, have mercy found !
5 O let Thy love my heart constrain,

Thy love for every sinner free,
That every fallen soul of man

May taste the grace that found out me,
That all mankind, with me, may prove
Thy sovereign, everlasting love!

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4-6s & 2-83. C. Wesley. 1756.
T ET earth and heaven agree,
1 Angels and men be joined,
To celebrate with me

The Saviour of mankind;
To'adore the all-atoning Lamb,
And bless the sound of Jesu's Name.
Jesus, transporting sound !

The joy of earth and heaven ;
No other help is found,

No other name is given,
By which we can salvation have ;
But Jesus came the world to save.
Jesus, harmonious Name !

It charms the hosts above;
They evermore proclaim

And wonder at His love;
'Tis all their happiness to gaze :
'Tis heaven to see our Jesu's face.

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His Name the sinner hears,

And is from sin set free; 'Tis music in his ears,

'Tis life and victory : New songs do now his lips employ

And dances his glad heart for joy 5 Stung by the scorpion sin,

My poor expiring soul
The balmy sound drinks in,

And is at once made whole :
See there, my Lord upon the tree !

I hear, I feel, He died for me. 6 O unexampled love!

O all-redeeming grace!
How swiftly didst Thou move

To save a fallen race !
What shall I do to make it known

What Thou for all mankind hast done? 7 O for a trumpet-voice,

On all the world to call !
To bid their hearts rejoice

In Him who died for all !
For all my Lord was crucified :
For all, for all my Saviour died !

C.M. C. WESLEY. 1749. TOVERS of pleasure more than God,

u For you He suffered pain; Swearers, for you He spilt His blood :

And shall He bleed in vain ? 2 Misers, His life for you He paid;

Your basest crime He bore : Drunkards, your sins on Him were laid,

That you might sin no more. 3 The God of Love, to earth He came,

That you might come to heaven; Believe, believe in Jesu's name,

And all your sin's forgiven.

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