6446. Sinners, Will You Scorn the Message

1. Sinners, will you scorn the message
Sent in mercy from above?
Every sentence, O how tender!
Every line is full of love:
Listen to it, listen to it,
Every line is full of love.

2. Hear the heralds of the Gospel
News from Zion’s King proclaim:
Pardon to each rebel sinner,
Free forgiveness in His name:
How important, how important,
Free forgiveness in His name.

3. Tempted souls, they bring you succor;
Fearful hearts, they quell your fears,
And, with news of consolation,
Chase away the falling tears:
Tender heralds, tender heralds,
Chase away the falling tears.

4. False professors, groveling wordlings,
Callous hearers of the Word,
While the messengers address you,
Take the warnings they afford;
We entreat you, we entreat you,
Take the warnings they afford.

5. O ye angels, hovering round us,
Waiting spirits, speed your way;
Haste ye to the court of heaven,
Tidings bear without delay,
Rebel sinners, rebel sinners,
Glad the message will obey.

Text Information
First Line: Sinners, will you scorn the message
Title: Sinners, Will You Scorn the Message
Author: Jonathan Allen (1801)
Meter: 87.87.77
Language: English
Source: Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, Collected from Various Authors, by S. Woolmer (Exeter, England: 1801)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: In D. Sedgwick's marked copy of John Dobell's "New Selection," 1806, the author is given as Jonathan Allen; it is not known what authority Sedgwick used to attribute the lyrics to Allen. In later hymnals, the first and second verse are sometimes transposed. Alternate tune: ALVAN, Lowell Mason, 1854
Tune Information
Composer: Joachim Neander (1680)
Meter: 87.87.77
Incipit: 12313 45517 65322
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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