In vain the preacher cried, Repent

In vain the preacher cried, Repent

Author: James Montgomery
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In vain the preacher cried, "Repent;
Flee from impending wrath;"
Headlong the world of rebels went
Along its own broad path.

They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold,
Built, planted, till the day
When the flood came, and young and old
Were swept at once away.

A few that fear'd the warning word
Escaped the doom of sin;
The ark received them, and the Lord
Shut safe His servants in.

The tide of time that knows no turn,
Like that ingulfing flood,
Whelms with destruction those that spurn
God's truth and Jesus' blood.

But still his preachers cry, "Repent;
Flee from sin's deadly doom;"
Forth from the ark this call is sent,
"Come in, there yet is room."

Unshut the door, where Mercy stands,
The perishing to save,
With earnest eye, and outstretch'd hands,
From death beyond the grave.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: In vain the preacher cried, Repent
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English