Cursed be the man, forever cursed

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This is a poem by Isaac Watts, in Horae Lyricae, 1706, entitled The Law and Gospel.

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1. “Cursed be the man, forever cursed,
That doth one willful sin commit;
Death and damnation for the first,
Without relief, and infinite!"

2. Thus Sinai roars; and, round the earth,
Thunder, and fire, and vengeance flings,
But Jesus, thy dear gasping breath,
And Calvary, say gentler things.


3, “Pardon, and grace, and boundless love,
Streaming along a Savior's blood;
And life, and joys, and crowns above,
Dear purchased by a bleeding God!”

4. Hark, how he prays (the charming sound
Dwells on his dying lips) Forgive;
And every groan and gaping wound
Cries, "Father, let the rebels live!"


5. Go, you that rest upon the law,
And toil, and seek salvation there;
Look to the flames that Moses saw,
And shrink, and tremble, and despair!

6. But I'll retire beneath the cross;
Savior, at thy dear feet I lie:
And the keen sword that justice draws,
Flaming and red, shall pass me by.

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