In streets, and op'nings of the gates

In streets and openings of the gates

Author: John Logan
Published in 2 hymnals

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In streets, and op’nings of the gates,
where pours the busy crowd,
Thus heav’nly Wisdom lifts her voice,
and cries to men aloud:

How long, ye scorners of the truth,
scornful will ye remain?
How long shall fools their folly love,
and hear my words in vain?

O turn, at last, at my reproof!
and, in that happy hour,
His bless’d effusions on your heart
my Spirit down shall pour.

But since so long, with earnest voice,
to you in vain I call
Since all my counsels and reproofs
thus ineffectual fall;

The time will come, when humbled low,
in Sorrow’s evil day,
Your voice by anguish shall be taught,
but taught too late, to pray.

When, like the whirlwind, o’er the deep
comes Desolation’s blast;
Pray’rs then extorted shall be vain,
the hour of mercy past.

The choice you made has fixed your doom;
for this is Heav’n’s decree,
That with the fruits of what he sowed
the sinner filled shall be.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases

Author: John Logan

Logan, John, son of a farmer, born at Fala, Midlothian, 1748, and educated at Edinburgh University, in due course entering the ministry of the Church of Scotland and becoming the minister of South Leith in 1770. During the time he held this charge he delivered a course of lectures on philosophy and history with much success. While he was thus engaged, the chair of Universal History in the University became vacant; but as a candidate he was unsuccessful. A tragedy, entitled Runnamede, followed. He offered it to the manager of Covent Garden Theatre, but it was interdicted by the Lord Chamberlain "upon suspicion of having a seditious tendency." It was subsequently acted in Edinburgh. In 1775 he formed one of the Committee by whom the Translati… Go to person page >

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First Line: In streets and openings of the gates
Title: In streets, and op'nings of the gates
Author: John Logan


In streets and openings of the gates. J. Logan. [Voice of Wisdom.] First published in the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. x., in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. We have ascribed this paraphrase to J. Logan. In Miss J. E. Leeson's Paraphrases and Hymns, 1853, No. 43, this hymn opens with the same first line; but it is a rewritten form of the hymn in 4 stanzas by Miss Leeson.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)