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5 Oh, that with yonder sacred throng,
We at his feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song,
And crown him LORD of all.

414. The General Invitation of the Gospel. C.M.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.-REV. xxii. 17.

OH what amazing words of grace
Are in the gospel found!
Suited to ev'ry sinner's case
Who knows the joyful sound.

2 Poor, sinful, thirsty, fainting, souls
Are freely welcome here;
Salvation like a river rolls,
Abundant, free, and clear.

3 [Come then, with all your wants and Your ev'ry burden bring! [wounds, Here love, unchanging love, abounds; A deep celestial spring!]

4 This spring with living water flows,
And living joy imparts:
Come, thirsty souls, your wants disclose,
And drink with thankful hearts!

5 Thousands of sinners, vile as you, Have here found life and peace Come, thirsty souls, and prove it true; And drink, adore, and bless! {{0

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6 To him, who gives our souls to know
The drawings of his love,

Be praise while here we dwell below,
And nobler songs above.

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415. The General Invitation of the Gospel.


Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price, &c.-ISAIAH lv. 1, &c.

HO! every one, that thirsts, draw nigh, ("Tis GOD invites the fallen race;) Mercy and free salvation buy Buy wine, and milk, and gospel grace. 2 Come, to the living waters come; Sinners, obey your Maker's voice; Return, ye weary wand'rers, home, And in redeeming love rejoice! 3 See, from the rock a fountain rise! For you in healing streams it rolls; Money ye need not bring, nor price, Ye lab'ring, burden'd, sin-sick souls. 4 Nothing ye in exchange shall give, Leave all you have, and are, behind; Freely the gift of God receive, Pardon and peace, in JESUS find.

5 [Why seek ye that which is not bread,
Nor can your hungry souls 'sustain ?
On ashes, husks, and air ye feed:
Ye spend your little all in vain.

6 Hearken to me with earnest care,
And freely eat substantial food;
The sweetness of my mercy share,
And taste, that I alone am good.]
7 Your willing ear and heart incline,
My words believingly receive;
Thus shall your soul thro' faith divine,
Here and in endless ages live.

416. The General Invitation of the Gospel.-8-7-4.

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them. I the GOD of Israel will not forsake them. 1 will open rivers in high places, &c.-ISAI. xli. 17, &c. SINNERS, come, tho' poor and needy, JESUS will relieve the poor: He declares" all things are ready,' And what JESUS says is sure: O believe him!


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Take of mercy's boundless store. 2 Hear how God himself beseeches: "Sinners be ye reconcil'd." JESUS in the gospel teaches How a foe becomes a child: When he suffer'd, Love prevail'd and justice smil'd. 3 See his sacred body broken! Broken on the accursed tree: Hear the words the LORD has spoken, "Sinners live beholding me;" Hopeless sinner,

Thus the SAVIOUR speaks to thee.

4 Should you slight his great salvation:
Can you stand when he appears?
When the Judge shall take his station,
What will then avail your tears?
Seek, O seek him!
While the LORD in mercy hears.

417. The general Invitation of the Gospel.-8-7-4.

Doth not wisdom cry.-PROV. viii. L.. SINNERS, hear, for God hath spoken: "Tis the GOD that reigns on high: He whose law the world has broken, Sends you tidings of great joy. Hear his message; Hear it, sinners, lest ye die.

2 Hear the gospel, sinners, hear it; Joyful news from heav'n it brings: Here's a fountain, O draw near it, Open'd by the King of Kings; Living water

Hence in streams eternal springs.

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3 [Hear the gospel, slaves of pleasure,
Here are joys that never end:
Ye whose god is earthly treasure,
Why for nought your labour spend?
Boundless riches!

See in CHRIST the sinner's friend.


4 Ye who with the wise are number'd, Here may learn what wisdom is, All by worldly cares encumber'd, Come and find your rest in this: 'Tis the gospel Shows the road to heav'nly peace.]

5 Sinners, hear, why will ye perish?
Death to life, O why prefer?
Why your vain delusion cherish ?
Why from truth persist to err?
Wisdom calls you;
Happy they who learn of her.

418. Christ's Invitation to those who feel the burden of sin. L.M.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.-MATT. xi. 28.

COME, weary souls, with sin distrest; The SAVIOUR offers heavn'ly rest; The kind, the gracious call obey, And cast your gloomy fears away. 2 Oppress'd with guilt, a painful load, O come and spread your woes abroad; Divine compassion, mighty love, Will all the painful load remove.

3 Here mercy's boundless ocean flows, To cleanse your guilt and heal your


Pardon, and life, and endless peace:
How rich the gift! how free the grace!

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