Sinners! Turn, Why Will You Die

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Sinners, turn: why will you die?
God, your Maker, asks you why.
God, who did your being give,
made you himself, that you might live;
he the fatal cause demands,
asks the work of his own hands.
Why, you thankless creatures, why
will you cross his love, and die?

Sinners, turn: why will you die?
God, your Savior, asks you why.
God, who did your souls retrieve,
died himself, that you might live.
Will you let Him die in vain?
Crucify your Lord again?
Why, you ransomed sinners, why,
will you slight his grace and die?

Sinners, turn: why will you die?
God, the Spirit, asks you why;
he, who all your lives hath strove,
wooed you to embrace his love.
Will you not His grace receive?
Will you still refuse to live?
Why, you long-sought sinners, why,
will you grieve your God, and die?

You, on whom he favors showers,
you, possessed of nobler powers,
you, of reason’s powers possessed,
you, with will and memory blest,
you, with finer sense endued,
creatures capable of God;
noblest of his creatures, why,
ehy will you forever die?

You, whom he ordained to be
transcripts of the Trinity,
you, whom he in life doth hold,
you for whom himself was sold,
you, on whom he still doth wait,
whom he would again create;
made by him, and purchased, why,
why will you forever die?

You, who own his record true,
you, his chosen people, you,
you, who call the Savior Lord,
you, who read his written Word,
you, who see the gospel light,
claim a crown in Jesu’s right;
why will you, ye Christians, why,
will the house of Israel die?

Turn, he cries, ye sinners turn;
by his life your God hath sworn;
he would have you turn and live,
he would all the world receive;
he hath brought to all the race
full salvation by his grace;
he hath not one soul passed by;
why will you resolve to die?

Can ye doubt, if God is love,
if to all his mercies move?
Will ye not His Word receive?
Will ye not His oath believe?
See, the suffering God appears!
Jesus weeps! Believe his tears!
Mingled with his blood they cry,
why will you resolve to die?



Source: The United Methodist Hymnal #346

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sinners! turn, why will ye die? God, your Maker, asks you why?
Title: Sinners! Turn, Why Will You Die
Author: Charles Wesley (1742)
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Sinners, turn; why will ye die? C. Wesley. [Expostulation.] Appeared in Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, 1741, in 16 stanzas of 8 lines, and based upon Ezekiel xviii. 31. (Poetical Works, 186S-72, vol. iii. p. 84.) In the Wesleyan Hymn Book. 1780, 12 stanzas were given as three separate hymns:—
1. Sinners, turn; why will ye die? No. 6.
2. Let the beasts their breath resign. No. 7.
3. What could your Redeemer do. No. 8.
And these have been repented in numerous collections in Great Britain and America. In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849,
there is also a cento, "Sinners, turn while God is near," beginning with st. xv.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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