Thursday, December 31, 2015

Old PB Hymnal & Theology

The Primitive Baptist hymnal (1879)


To-day, if you will hear his voice,
Now is the time to make your choice;
Say, will you to mount Zion go?
Say, will you have this Christ, or no?

Say, will you be for ever blest,
And with this glorious Jesus rest?
Will you be saved from guilt and pain?
Will you with Christ forever reign?

Make now your choice, and halt no more;
He now is waiting for the poor;
Say now, poor souls, what will you do?
Say, will you have this Christ, or no?

Ye dear young men, for ruin bound,
Amidst the Gospel's joyful sound,
Come, go with us, and seek to prove
The joys of Christ's redeeming love

Your sports, and all your glittering toys,
Compared with our celestial joys,
Like momentary dreams appear:
Come, go with us, your souls are dear

Young women, now we look to you,
Are you resolved to perish too?
To rush in carnal pleasures on,
And sink in flaming ruin down?

Then, dear young friends, a long farewell;
We're bound to heav'n, but you to hell;
Still God may hear us, while we pray,
And change you ere that burning day.

Once more I ask you in his name,
(I know his love remains the same)
Say, will you to Mount Zion go?
Say, will you have this Christ or no?

Come, you that love th' incarnate God,
And feel redemption in his blood,
Let's watch and pray, and onward move,
Till we shall meet in realms above.

This is what the Old Baptists sang in 1879 and before.  But, I dare say, such songs as these from the old hymnals have either been omitted altogether or altered in their texts. More on this to come, the Lord willing.

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