CXLIV. The Law and Gospel

1 Curst be the man for ever curst,
"That doth one wilful sin commit;
"Death and damnation for the first,
Without relief, and infinite."

2 Thus Sinai roars; and round the earth
Thunder, and fire, and vengeance flings;
But Jesus thy dear gasping breath,
And Calvary say gentler things.

3 "Pardon and grace, and boundless love
"Streaming along a Saviour's blood,
"And life, and joys, and crowns above,
"Ordain'd by a dear bleeding God."

4 Hark how he prays, (the charming sound,
Dwells on his dying lips) forgive;
And every groan, and gaping wound,
Cries, "Father, let the rebels live."

5 Go, you that rest upon the law,
And toil and seek salvation there,
Look to the flame that Moses saw,
And shrink, and tremble, and despair.

6 But I'll retire beneath the cross,
Saviour at thy dear feet I'll lie;
And the keen sword that justice draws.
Flaming and red, shall pass me by.

Text Information
First Line: Curst be the man for ever curst
Title: The Law and Gospel
Publication Date: 1790
Meter: Long Metre
Topic: After Sermon
Source: Lyric Poems
Language: English
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