1 The Christian Church should well partake
The parable, the Saviour spake,
To shew the Jews their wretched state,
And what would shortly be their fate.
2 Such fig-trees, which in Vineyards grow,
And carefully attended to;
Ought in due time their fruit to yield,
Like stores of corn from a good field.
3 Such was the Jewish nations case,
Whilst they had all the means of grace!
Like as a fig-tree on good ground,
So did God's grace to them abound.
4 But when their fruits were truly sought
And their works proven which they wrought,
All was corrupted, base and mean;
Their best devotions were but sin.
5 And as the master gave command,
Let not that barron fig-tree stand;
His orders were to cut it down,
Why should it cumber so much ground?Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #XXVII