1 A Form of Words, tho' e'er so sound,
Can never save a Soul;
The Holy Ghost must give the Wound,
And make the wounded whole.
2 Tho' God's Election is a Truth,
Small Comfort there I see,
Till I am told by God's own Mouth
That he has chosen ME.
3 Sinners,I read, are justify'd
By Faith in JESU's Blood:
But when to ME that Blood's apply'd,
'Tis then it does me good.
4 To Perseverance I agree,
The Thing to me is clear,
Because the Lord has promis'd me
That I shall persevere.
6 Imputed Righteousness I own
A Doctrine most divine;
For Jesus to my Heart makes known
That all his Merit's mine.
6 That Christ is God I can avouch;
And for his People cares,
Since I have pray'd to him as such,
And he has heard my Pray'rs.
7 That Sinners black as Hell, by Christ
Are sav'd, I know full well:
For I his Mercy have not miss'd;
And I am black as Hell.
8 Thus Christians glorify the Lord,
His Spirit joins with ours,
In bearing Witness to his Word,
With all it's saving Pow'rs.
Source: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #I
A form of words though e'er so sound. J. Hart. [Kingdom of God in Power .] First published in his Hymns composed on Various Subjects, 1759, No. 90, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines and based on i. Cor. iv. 20. "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." In 1780, with slight alterations and the omission of stanzas vi. and vii. and the transposition of iv. and v. it was given in the Lady H. Collection No. 95, and from thence has passed into a limited number of ultra-Calvinistic hymnals.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)