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Come every pious heart

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1. Come, every pious heart,
That loves the Savior’s name,
Your noblest powers exert
To celebrate His fame;
Tell all above, and all below;
That debt of love to Him you owe.

2. He left His starry crown,
And laid His robes aside;
On wings of love came down,
And wept, and bled, and died:
What He endured, O who can tell,
To save our souls from death and hell!

3. From the dark grave He rose;
The mansions of the dead,
And thence His mighty foes
In glorious triumph led;
Up through the sky the conqueror rode;
And reigns on high, the Savior God.

4. From thence He’ll quickly come,
His chariot will not stay,
And bear our spirits home
To realms of endless day;
There shall we see His lovely face
And ever be in His embrace.

5. Jesus, we ne’er can pay
The debt we owe Thy love;
Yet tell us how we may
Our gratitude approve;
Our hearts, our all to Thee we give;
The gift, though small, Thou wilt receive.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1019

Author: Samuel Stennett

Samuel Stennett was born at Exeter, in 1727. His father was pastor of a Baptist congregation in that city; afterwards of the Baptist Chapel, Little Wild Street, London. In this latter pastorate the son succeeded the father in 1758. He died in 1795. Dr. Stennett was the author of several doctrinal works, and a few hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Notes

Come, every pious heart. S. Stennett. [Praise to Christ.] Appeared in A Collection of Hymns for the Use of Christians of all Denominations, Lond. 1782, and again in Rippon's Selection, 1787, No. 489, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled, "A Song of Praise to Christ." As given in modern collections it is usually composed of stanzas i., iii.-v., as in the Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858-80, No. 269, where, however, it is dated 1832 in error. Its use in America is very extensive. In the Church Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, it is given as, "Come, every youthful heart," and in a few collections as "Come, ye who love the Lord, And feel His,” &c, including Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Psalms & Hymns, 1855, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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