Young Christian's first lesson-book/Lesson Ten

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LESSON X.

Of the Miſery which Sin hath brought upon us.

WHO can abide God's wrath, or ſtand
Before the terrors of his hand?
Jehovah's curse what heart ſhall dare
To meet? or what be strong to bear

He every good can take away,
And ev'ry evil on us lay:
Can by one ſingle word bring down
The talleſt head that wears a crown,
The Stateſman wiſe, the warrior brave,
To moulder in the ſilent grave;
And ſend the wretched ſoul to hell,
To the fierce flames where devils dwell!
For endleſs years to languish there,
In pangs of infinite deſpair!

I then, poor feeble child how ſoon
Muſt I diſſolve before his frown!
And yet his frowns and vengeance too,
I, by my ſins, have made my due.

Is here no hope?—And muſt I die?
Is there no friend no helper nigh?
Is it beyond repeal decreed,
That ev'ry ſoul that ſins muſt bleed?
Oh! let my longing trembling ear
Some found of grace and pardon hear!
My ſoul would the firſt news embrace,
And turn its trembling into praiſe


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.