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And swift as time fulfils its round,

We to eternity are bound. 5 And is eternity so near?

And must we very soon be there?
Sinner-ah whither wilt thou flee?

0! how avoid eternity ?
6 Canst thou for ever bear to dwell

In all the fiery deeps of hell ?
And is death nothing then to thee,

Death, and a dread eternity ?
7 Ye gracious souls, with joy look up,

In Christ rejoice, your glorious hope;
This everlasting bliss secures ;

God and eternity are yours.

S. M.
AND will the Judge descend?
And not a single soul escape

His all discerning eyes ? 2 How will my heart endure

The terrors of that day,
When earth and heaven, before his face,

Astonished shrink away? 3 But ere that trumpet shakes

The mansions of the dead,
Hark, from the gospel's cheering sound,

What joyful tidings spread ! 4 Ye sinners, seek his grace,

Whose wrath ye cannot bear!
Fly to the shelter of his cross,

And find salvation there. 5 So shall that curse remove

By wbich the Saviour bled ;
And the last awful day shall pour
His blessings on your



E that in his courts are found,

Listening to the joyful sound,
Lost and helpless as ye are,
Full of sorrow, sin and care,
Glorify the King of kings,

Take the peace the gospel brings. 2 Turn to Christ your longing eyes,

View his bleeding sacrifice,
See in him your sins forgiven,
Pardon, holiness and heaven;
Glorify the King of kings,

Take the peace the gospel brings. 142 EXPOSTULATION WITH 8 s, 7 8 & 4 s.

SINNERS, will ye scorn the message
Every sentence O how tender!
Every line is full of love;

Listen to it
Every line is full of love.
2 Hear the heralds of the gospel,

News from Sion's King proclaim To each rebel sinner—"Pardon, Free forgiveness in his name:"

How important!
Free forgiveness in his name.
3 Tempted souls, they bring you succour,

Fearful hearts, they quell your fears :
And with news of consolation,

the falling tears;
Tender heralds-
Chase away the falling tears.
1 False professors, grovelling worldlings,

Callous hearers of the word, 30

While the messengers address you,
Take the warnings they afford;

We entreat you,
Take the warnings they afford.

5 Who hath our report believed ?

Who received the joyful word ?
Who embraced the news of pardon
Offered to you by the Lord ?

Can you slight it,
Offered to you by the Lord ?


7 8.

SINNER art thou still secure ?

Wilt thou still refuse to pray?
Can thy heart or band endure,

In the Lord's avenging day!

2 See, his mighty arm is bared,

Awful terrors clothe his brow;
For his judgments stand prepared ;

Thou must either break or bow.

3 At his presence nature shakes,

Earth affrighted hastes to flee;
Solid mountains melt like wax,

What will then become of thee?

4 Who his coming may abide ?

You that glory in your shame,

find a place to hide,
When the world is wrapped in flame?

5 Lord, prepare us by thy grace,

Soon we must resign our breath,
And our souls be called to pass

Through the iron gate of death.



HY will ye waste on trifling cares,

That lifě which God's compassion spares ; While, in the various range of thought,

The one thing needful is forgot ?
2 Shall God invite you from above ?

Shall Jesus urge his dying love?
Shall troubled conscience give you pain ?

And all these pleas be urged in vain ? 3 Not so your eyes will always view

Those objects which you now pursue:
Not so will heaven and hell appear,

When death's decisive hour is near. 4 Almighty God, thy grace impart,

Fix deep conviction on each heart;
Nor let us waste, on trifling cares,

That life which thy compassion spares. 145 EXPOSTULATION WITH SINNERS. L. M. PRISONERS of sin and Satan too,

The Saviour calls—he calls for you; Ye who have sold yourselves for nought,

Jesus your liberty has bought.
2 The great Redeemer lived and died,

The Prince of life was crucified,
He shed his own most precious blood,

To ransom guilty souls for God. 3 He came to set the captive free ;

He came to publish liberty ;
To bind the broken hearted up,

And give despairing sinners hope.
4 Prisoners of hope, why will you die ?

Why from the only refuge fly?
Jesus, our hiding place and tower,
Invites the guilty and the poor.

5 He came to comfort those that mourn,

He sweetly says to sinners, Turn!
Prisoners of hope, his voice attend,

Nor slight the calls of such a friend. 146

DANGER OF DELAY, L. M. HA ASTEN, O sinner, to be wise,

And stay not for to-morrow's sun; The longer Wisdom you despise,

The harder is she to be won. 2 0! hasten mercy to implore,

And stay not for to-morrow's sun ;
For fear thy season should be o'er,

Before this evening's course be run. 3 Hasten, O sinner, to return,

And stay not for to-morrow's sun;
For fear thy lamp should fail to burn,

Before the needful work is done, 4 Hasten, O sinner, to be blest,

And stay not for to-morrow's sun;
For fear the curse should thee arrest,

Before the morrow is begun. 147

THE ALARM. 7 8 & 6 s. STOP, poor

sinners, stop and think,
Before you further go;
Will you sport upon the brink

Of everlasting woe ?
On the verge of ruin stop,

Now the friendly warning take;
Stay your footsteps, ere ye drop

Into the burning lake. 2 Say, have you an arm like God, That you

his will oppose ? Fear ye not that iron rod

With which he breaks his foes ?

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