Say, Is This Wild Corrupted Nation?

Say, is this wild, corrupted nation

Author: Susannah Harrison
Tune: [I'm standing on the Rock of Ages]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Say, is this wild, corrupted nation
Blest with a few who seek the Lord?
Say, is there one in every station
Who loves t’obey Jehovah’s word?

2 Are all agreed t’increase the sadness
Of such a dark and gloomy time?
Do all run on in headstrong madness,
And scorn repentance for the crime?

3 Is this, indeed, our sad condition?
No: let me bless the God of grace!
There are a few who with contrition
Lament for sin before His face.

4 Let me encourage their confession,
Their strong entreaties for this land!
Though ’tis a time of great transgression,
Yet, surely, God is still at hand.

5 Ye humble souls, pray without ceasing,
To you the Lord will lend an ear;
While sins and judgments are increasing,
O pray in faith and persevere.

6 O pray, nor be too much dejected,
Ask all in Jesu’s worthy name!
Your suit shall never be rejected,
Through Him we may forgiveness claim.

7 Come, sinners, join in each petition,
Nor tempt the Lord by your delay:
He gives repentance and remission
To all who do sincerely pray.

8 Let every soul in every station
Join their assistance—who can tell
But God may turn and bless this nation,
And send contention down to hell.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8691

Author: Susannah Harrison

Harrison, Susanna, invalided from her work as a domestic servant at the age of 20, published Songs in the Night, 1780. This included 133 hymns, and passed through ten editions. She is known by "Begone, my worldly cares, away," and "O happy souls that love the Lord." Born in 1752 and died Aug. 3, 1784. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Say, is this wild, corrupted nation
Title: Say, Is This Wild Corrupted Nation?
Author: Susannah Harrison
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8691
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