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Must be born again

Awaked by Sinai's awful sound

Author: Samson Occum
Published in 270 hymnals

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1 Awaked by Sinai's awful sound,
My soul in guilt and thrall I found,
Exposed to endless woe;
Eternal truth did loud proclaim
The sinner must be born again,
Or else to ruin go.

2 Amazed I stood, but could not tell
Which way to shun the gates of hell;
For death and hell drew near.
I strove, indeed, but strove in vain--
The sinner must be born again,
Still sounded in my ear.

3 The saints I heard, with rapture tell,
How Jesus conquered death and hell,
And broke the fowler's snare;
Yet when I found this truth remain--
The sinner must be born again--
I sunk in deep despair.

4 But while I thus in anguish lay,
Jesus of Naz'reth passed that way--
I felt his pity move;
The sinner, by his justice slain,
Now, by his grace, is born again,
And sings redeeming love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #439

Author: Samson Occum

Occom, Samson (sometimes given as Ockum, and again as Occum), a Mohican Indian, was born at Norwich, Connecticut, in 1723. He was converted from Paganism under G. Whitefield, in 1739-40, and educated by the Revs. E. Wheelock and Benjamin Pomeroy. In 1748 he removed to Long Island and laboured amongst a remnant of his people. In 1759 he received Presbyterian orders, visited England, 1766-67, where he preached often (once for J. Newton at Olney), and with acceptance, and raised about ten thousand pounds for Dartmouth College, and for Indian education. His later life was spent first among his own race on Long Island, and, from 1786, in Oneida County, N.Y. He died in July, 1792. Occom's Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs was publis… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Awaked by Sinai's awful sound
Title: Must be born again
Author: Samson Occum
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O, the blood, the blood is all my plea
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #310
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The Cyber Hymnal #310

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