Ah, Guilty Sinner!

Ah, guilty sinner, ruined by transgression

Author: Joshua Leavitt (1831)
Published in 66 hymnals

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1 Ah! guilty sinner, ruined by transgression,
What will thy doom be when arrayed in terror?
God shall command thee, covered with pollution,
"Up to the judgment, up to the judgment?"

2 Oft he has called thee, but thou would'st not hear him;
Mercies and judgments have alike been slighted;
Yet he is gracious, and with arms unfolded
Waits to embrace you.

3 But if you trifle with his gracious message,
Cleave to the world, and love its guilty pleasures,
Mercy, grown weary, will in righteous judgment
Leave you forever.

4 Then you shall call, but he will not regard you;
Seek for his favor, yet will never find it;
Cry to the rocks to hide you from his presence
Deep in their caverns.

5 O! guilty sinner, hear the voice of warning;
Fly to the Saviour, and embrace his pardon:
So shall you meet him, and with joy triumphant,
Coming to judgment.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #423

Author: Joshua Leavitt

Joshua Leavitt (September 8, 1794-Jan. 16,1873) was born in Heath, MA, earned a degree from Yale College, practiced law in Putney, VT, was graduated from Yale Seminary, was ordained and served as a Congregational minister at Stratford, CT for four years before he moved to New York City to serve as Secretary of the American Seamens’ Friend Society. He was for many years musical advisor to the most famous revivalist of the Second Great Awakening, Charles Grandison Finney. In 1831 he compiled and published The Christian Lyre, the first hymnal to print music (melody and bass) for every hymn. He was a spokesman for the Liberty Party and a campaigner for cheap postage. He was editor of many periodicals including The Emancipator, the New Yor… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ah, guilty sinner, ruined by transgression
Title: Ah, Guilty Sinner!
Author: Joshua Leavitt (1831)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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