Sinners! will you scorn the message

Sinners! will you scorn the message

Author: Jonathan Allen
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1 Sinners! will you scorn the message
Sent in mercy from above?
Every sentence, oh, how tender!
Every line is full of love.
Listen to it!
Every line is full of love.

2 Hear the heralds of the Gospel,
News from Zion's King proclaim,
To each rebel sinner, Pardon,
Free forgiveness in his name.
How important!
Free forgiveness in his name.

3 Who hath our report believed?
Who received the joyful word?
Who embraced the news of pardon
Offered to you by the Lord?
Can you slight it?
Offered to you by the Lord.

4 Oh, ye angels hovering round us!
Waiting spirits, speed your way;
Hasten to the court of heaven,
Tidings bear without delay;
Rebel sinners
Glad the message will obey.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #822

Author: Jonathan Allen

Allen, Jonathan. Concerning this hymn-writer, to whom is credited the hymn, "Sinners, will you scorn the message?" we can only say that this hymn appeared in Hymns adapted to Public Worship, collected from various Authors, Exeter, S. Woolmer, 1801, edited by Richard Pearsell Allen, Minister of Castle Street Meeting, Exeter; and that in D. Sedgwick's marked copy of John Dobell's New Selection, &c., 1806, it is attributed to Jonathan Allen. What authority Sedgwick had for this ascription we cannot determine. It is through him that it has gained currency. Allen's hymn, "Sinners, will you scorn, &c," is sometimes given with stanzas i. and ii. transposed, as "Hear the heralds of the Gospel," as in the American Baptist Praise Book, N. Y. 1871. [… Go to person page >

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Brother, will you slight the message? In Longfellow and Johnson's American Unitarian Book of Hymns, &c, 1846, is Jonathan Allen's "Sinners, will you scorn the message?" (see p. 50, i.) altered and abbreviated.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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