Young Christian's first lesson-book/Lesson Fourteen
Of the Nature of Faith and Repentance.
THEY muſt repent, and muſt believe,
Who Chriſt's ſalvation would receivę.
Oh! may thy Spirit faith impart,
And work repentance in my heart!
Bleſs'd Jeſus, who can be ſo baſe,
As to ſuſpect thy pow'r, or grace!
Or who can e'er ſo ſtupid be
To flight thy bleſſings, Lord, and thee!
With humble rev'rend hope and love
I to thy gracious feet would move,
And to thy care my all reſign,
Reſolv'd to be for over thine;
Secure, if thou vouchſafe to keep
My feeble ſoul among thy ſheep.
The ſins and follies I have done,
Humbled in duſt I would bemoan;
And while paſt guilt I thus deplore
I would repeat that guilt no more,
But by a life of zeal and love,
True faith and penitence approve:
So ſhall thy grace my ſins forgive,
Jeſus ſhall ſmile, and I ſhall live.