The Sinner's Warning (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-05-07)   CPDL #44411:       
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Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1805. Five pairs of stanzas included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-05-07).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). Four more pairs of stanzas added.

General Information

Title: The Sinner's Warning
First Line: When pity prompts me to look round
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 106-107, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1952, no. 168). Words by an anonymous author, before 1790. Ingalls used two stanzas in each line of his composition.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. When pity prompts me to look round
Upon this fellow clay;
See men reject the gospel sound,
Good God! what shall I say?

2. My bowels yearn for dying men,
Doomed to eternal woe;
Fain would I speak, but 'tis in vain,
If God will not speak too.

3. O sinners, sinners, wont you hear,
When in God's name I come?
Upon your peril don't forbear,
Left hell should be your doom.

 

4. Now is the time, the accepted hour,
O sinners! come away;
The Savior's knocking at your door,
Arise without delay.

5. O! don't refuse to give him room,
Lest mercy should withdraw;
He'll then in robes of vengeance come
To execute his law.

6. Then where, poor mortals, will you be,
If destitute of grace,
When you your injured Judge shall see,
And stand before his face?

 

7. O! could you shun that dreadful sight,
How would you wish to fly
To the dark shades of endless night
From that all-searching eye.

8. But death and hell must all appear,
And you among them stand;
Before the great impartial bar,
Arraigned at Christ's right hand.

9. No yearning bowels' pity then,
Shall not affect my heart;
No, I shall surely say, Amen,
When Christ bids you depart.

 

10. Let not these warnings be in vain;
But lend a listening ear;
Lest you should meet them all again,
When wrapped in keen despair.

From Smith and Sleeper. 1794. Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs