1 Pilgrim, burdened with thy sin,
Come the way to Zion's gate;
There, till mercy speaks within,
Knock, and weep, and watch, and wait:
Knock--he knows the sinner's cry;
Weep--he loves the mourner's tears;
Watch, for saving grace is nigh;
Wait, till the heavenly grace appears.
2 Hark, it is the Saviour's voice!
Welcome, pilgrim, to thy rest!
Now within the gate rejoice,
Safe, and owned, and bought, and blest:
Safe from all the lures of vice;
Owned by joys the contrite know;
Bought by love, and life the price;
Blessed the mighty debt to owe.
3 Holy pilgrim! what for thee
In a world like this remains?
From thy guarded breast shall flee
Fear, and shame, and doubts, and pains:
Fear, the hope of heaven shall fly;
Shame, from glory's view retire;
Doubt, in full belief shall die;
Pain, in endless bliss expire.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #838
"In the story of Sir Eustace Grey an attempt is made to describe the wanderings of a mind first irritated by the consequences of error and misfortune, and after¬wards soothed by a species of enthusiastic conversion, still keeping him insane; a task very difficult; and, if the presumption of the attempt may find pardon, it will not be refused to the failure of the poet."The scene of this story is a madhouse, and the persons are a visitor, the physician, and the patient. Sir Eustace, the patient, gives his history in detail. He was the lord of the manor, had a wife, two children, and a friend; the wife is seduced by the friend; a duel in which the friend is killed; wife pines away; both children die; is himself distracted; plagued by two friends; found peace at last in the Sun of Mercy; and gives a specimen of the preaching through which he was saved. This specimen is:—
"Pilgrim! burdened with thy sin, Come the way to Zion's pate; There, till mercy speaks within, Knock, and weep, and watch, and wait: Knock—He knows the sinner's cry; Weep—He loves the mourner's tears; Watch—for saving grace is nigh; Wait—till heavenly light appears. "Hark! it is the Bridegroom's voice, ‘Welcome, pilgrim! to thy rest.' Now within the gate rejoice, Safe, and sealed, and bought, and blest: Safe—from all the lures of vice; Sealed—by signs the chosen know; Bought—by love and life the price; Blest—the mighty debt to owe. “Holy pilgrim! what for thee, In a world like this remains? From thy guarded breast shall flee Fear and shame, and doubt, and pain: Fear—the hope of heaven shall fly; Shame—from glory's view retire; Doubt—in certain rapture die; Pain—in endless bliss expire."These stanzas, when detached from their melancholy surroundings, form a somewhat spirited hymn, and as such they are in use in Great Britain and America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)