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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


feed :
Ye spend your little all in vain.
6 Harken 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

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, &c.—ISAIAH xli. 17, &c.

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| 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 !

Take of mercy's boundless store. 2 Heas 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.

847-4. Doth not wisdom cry.-Prov. viii. 1. 1 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.

Here his message ;
Here it, sinners, lest ye

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. [3 Hear the gospel, slaves of pleasure,

Here are joys that never end :
Ye whose god is earthly treasure,
Why for naught 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 ?

Wisdoin 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.—Mat. xi. 28.
1 Come, weary souls, with sin distrest,

The Saviour offers heavenly 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 woes;
Pardon, and life, and endless peace:

How rich the gift! how free the grace! 4 Lord, we accept, with thankful heart,

The hopes thy gracious words impart:
We come with trembling, yet rejoice,

And bless the kind inviting voice. 5 Jesus, o let thy powerful love

Confirm our faith, our fears remove :
And sweetly influence ev'ry breast,

And guide us to eternal rest.
419. Christ's Invitation to receive of him the

Living Water. C.M.
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said,
ont of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. -

1 1 The Saviour calls—let ev'ry ear

Attend the heav'nly sound;
Ye doubting souls, dismiss your fear,

Hope smiles reviving round. 2 For ev'ry thirsty, longing heart,

Here streams of bounty flow;
And life, and health, and bliss impart,

To banish mortal woe.
(3 Here springs of sacred pleasure rise

To ease your ev'ry pain;
(Immortal fountain! full supplies !)

Nor shall you thirst in vain.]
4 Ye sinners, come, 'tis mercy's voice,

The gracious call obey ;
Mercy invites to heav'nly joys–

And can you yet delay ?
5 Oh Saviour, draw reluctant hearts,

To thee let sinners fly,
And take the bliss thy love imparts,

And drink and never die.

420. Christ's Invitation to Sinners. 8–7–4. Thou knowest not that thou art wretched, and miser

able, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, &c.—Rev. iii. 17, 18. 1 COME, ye sinners, lost and wretched,

Naked, helpless, blind, and poor,

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