Ye wretched, hungry, starving poor

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1 Ye wretched, starving poor!
Behold a royal feast!
Where mercy spreads her bounteous store
For every humble guest.

2 Jesus, with open arms,
Is calling you to come;
Guilt holds you back, and fear alarms;
But see, there yet is room.

3 Room in the Saviour's heart;
There love and pity meet;
Nor will he bid the soul depart
That trembles at his feet.

4 The Father, reconciled,
Invites your souls to come;
The rebel shall be called a child,
And find in Christ a home.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #831

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye wretched, hungry, starving poor
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Ye wretched, hungry, starving poor. Anne Steele. [The Gospel Feast.] First published in her Poems Chiefly Devotional, &c, 1760, vol. i., p. 17, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Longing Souls invited to the Gospel-Feast, Luke xiv. 22;" also in the edition of 1780, and D. Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c., 1863, p. 10. From this hymn the following abbreviated texts and centos have come into common use:— 1. Ye wretched, hungry, starving poor. In Ash and Evans's Bristol Baptist Collection, 1769, No. 144, and later hymnbooks. Usually stanza vii. is omitted. 2. Ye wretched, starving poor. This in the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, is composed of stanzas i.-iv. rewritten from C.M. into S.M. 3. See, Jesus stands with open arms. In the American Baptist Service of Song, 1871, beginning with st. ii. In the New York Church Praise Book, 1882, stanza iv. is also omitted. 4. Lo, Jesus stands with open arms. This in the American Protestant Episcopal Additional and Selected Hymns from Hymns Ancient & Modern, &c, N.Y., 1869 is composed of stanzas ii., v.-vii. slightly altered. Through these various forms this hymn is somewhat widely used. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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INVITATION (15312)


BUTLER (12334)


MARTYRDOM (Wilson)

MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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