1 Thy message, by the preacher, seal,
And let thy power be known;
That every sinner here may feel
The word is not his own.
2 Amongst the foremost of the throng
Who dared thee to thy face,
He in rebellion stood too long,
And fought against thy grace.
3 But grace prevailed, he mercy found,
And now by thee is sent,
To tell his fellow-rebels round,
And call them to repent.
4 In Jesus, God is reconciled,
The worst may be forgiven;
Come, and he'll own you as a child,
And make you heirs of heaven.
5 Oh may the word of gospel truth
Your chief desires engage;
And Jesus be your guide in youth,
Your joy in hoary age.
6 Perhaps the year that's now begun,
May prove to some their last;
The sands of life may soon be run,
The day of grace be past.
7 Think if you slight this embassy,
And will not warning take;
When Jesus in the clouds you see,
What answer will you make?
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803