Hark! it is wisdom's voice

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1 Hark ! it is Wisdom's voice,
That spreads itself around ;
come hither, all ye sons of earth,
And listen to the sound.

2 What, though she speaks rebukes,
That pierce the soul with smart ?
Yet love through all her chast'nings runs
By pain to mend the heart.

3 "Ye who have wander'd long,
In sin's destructive ways ;
Return, return, at my reproof,
And seize the offer'd grace.

4 "I know your souls are weak,
And all your efforts vain ;
To overcome your mighty foes,
And break their iron chain.

5 "But, I will freely send
My spirit, from above,
To arm you with superior strength,
And melt your hearts to love.

6 "Come, whilst my offers last,
Ye sinners, and be wise ;
He lives who hears this friendly call,
But he that slights it dies."

Source: Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.C

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hark! it is wisdom's voice
Author: Philip Doddridge


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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