THE heart that once has Jesus known
And turned away again,
Finds soon the joys of sin are flown
Though sharp the sting remain.
The soul that once has walked with him,
Then left his guiding light,
Can only find earth’s glitter dim,
Its promise quenched in night.
2 In vain you strive to drown the thought
Of what you might have been;
Earth’s pleasures are too dearly bought,
Its sorrows all too keen!
Backslider, hear! God speaks your name,
It is not yet too late;
The Lord in mercy tarries yet,
He has not closed the gate.
3 We do believe that Jesus can
Restore his work in you.
His touch will full salvation give;
He maketh all things new.
O rise at once! delay no more,
Nor hesitate, nor doubt,
If you but leave your sin and come,
He will not cast you out.