Ah, guilty sinner, ruined by transgression

Ah, guilty sinner, ruined by transgression

Author: Joshua Leavitt (1831)
Tune: BUNKER HILL
Published in 63 hymnals

Representative Text

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

2. Wilt thou escape from his omniscient notice,
Fly to the caverns, court annihilation?
Vain thy presumption, justice still shall triumph
In thy destruction.

3. Stop, thoughtless sinner, stop awhile and ponder,
Ere death arrest thee, and the Judge, in vengeance;
Hurl from his presence thine affrighted spirit,
Swift to perdition.

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

5. Come, then, poor sinner, come away this moment,
Just as you are, come, filthy and polluted,
Come to the fountain open for uncleanness;
Jesus invites you.

6. But, if you trifle with his gracious message,
Cleave to the world and love its guilty pleasures,
Mercy, grown weary, shall in righteous judgment,
Quit you for ever.

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

8. Where the worm dies not, and the fire eternal,
Fills the lost soul with anguish and with terror,
There shall the sinner spend a long for ever,
Dying unpardoned.

9. Oh! guilty sinner, hear the voice of warning ;
Fly to the Savior, and embrace his pardon ;
So shall your spirit meet, with joy triumphant,
Death and the judgment!

Joshua Leavitt, The Christian Lyre, Volume 1, 1831, p. 205.

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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 >

Text Information

First Line: Ah, guilty sinner, ruined by transgression
Author: Joshua Leavitt (1831)
Meter: 11.11.11.10
Source: The Christian Lyre by Joshua Leavitt (New York: Jonathan Leavitt, 1830)
Publication Date: 1831
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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The Christian Lyre #140

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The Jubilee Harp #566

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The Sacred Lyre #142

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