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Sinners! Turn, Why Will You Die

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Sinners! turn, why will ye die? God, your Maker, asks you why?

Author: Charles Wesley (1742)
Published in 513 hymnals

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1 Sinners, turn: why will ye die?
God, your Maker, asks you Why;
God, who did your being give,
Made you with Himself to live.

2 Sinners, turn: why will ye die?
God, your Savior, asks you why;
Will ye not in Him believe?
He has died that ye might live.

3 Will you let Him die in vain?
Crucify your Lord again?
Why, ye ransomed sinners, why
Will you slight His grace and die?

4 Sinners, turn: why will ye die?
God, the Spirit, asks you why;
Often with you has He strove,
Wooed you to embrace His love.

5 Will ye not His grace receive?
Will ye still refuse to live?
O ye dying sinners, why,
Why will you forever die?

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #266

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >


Sinners, turn; why will ye die? C. Wesley. [Expostulation.] Appeared in Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, [1742], in 16 stanzas of 8 lines, and based upon Ezekiel xviii. 31. (Poetical Works, 186S-72, vol. iii. p. 84.) In the Wesleyan Hymn Book. 1780, 12 stanzas were given as three separate hymns:—
1. Sinners, turn; why will ye die? No. 6.
2. Let the beasts their breath resign. No. 7.
3. What could your Redeemer do. No. 8.
And these have been repented in numerous collections in Great Britain and America. In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849,
there is also a cento, "Sinners, turn while God is near," beginning with st. xv.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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