Now doth the truth appear

Now doth the truth appear

Author: James Relly
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Now doth the Truth appear,
Our dear prophetic Lord,
Of what thou didst declare
In thine unerring Word;
The awful Signs, by thee foretold,
Of thine Approach, we now behold.

2 Nations are in Distress,
Striving, by Force and Fraud,
Each other to oppress;
Yet their own Ways applaud:
In divers Places Earthquakes are,
Mens Hearts are failing them for Fear.

3 The Gods of Earth, their Jars
Occasions fierce Debate;
Contests and bloody Wars
Proclaim their mut'al Hate;
Whilst mutt'ring Rumour now declares,
How all the World for War prepares.

4 Redeemer, thou wilt come,
(Those Signs point out thy Way)
To bring thy Children Home,
We wait the glor'ous Day:
'Till then we calmly rest in thee,
From Dread of each ill-boding free.

5 We praise thee, dearest Lord;
Now will we hopeless grieve;
Instructed by thy Word,
Rejoicing we believe,
That all Things work, thro' Jesu's Blood,
Now, and for-ever for our Good.

6 Our dearest Bridegroom lives!
And all our Need supplies;
Himself our Food he gives,
Eat, my Belov'd, he cries:
His Love is our divine Repast!
O! how then can his children fast.

7 If thou art tak'n away,
Lo! then thy Children fast:
But if thou with us stay,
We've a contin'al Feast:
All other Food our Souls despise,
But thee, our Lamb and Sacrifice.

8 We'll fast from all but thee;
Thy Flesh is Meat indeed;
To drink thy Blood we're free:
On this alone we feed!
Pleas'd with this Food, most holy Lamb,
We eat and drink, and bless thy Name.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.LXX

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now doth the truth appear
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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