1 COME happy souls, approach your God
With new melodious songs;
Come, render to almighty grace
The tribute of your tongues.
2 So strange, so boundless was the love
That pitied dying men,
The Father sent His equal Son
To give them life again.
3 Thy hands, dear Jesus, were not arm’d
With an avenging rod,
No hard commission to perform,
The vengeance of a God.
4 But all was mercy, all was mild,
And wrath forsook the throne,
When Christ on the kind errand came,
And brought salvation down.
5 Here, sinners, you may heal your wounds,
And wipe your sorrows dry;
Trust in the mighty Saviour’s name.
And you shall never die.
6 See, dearest Lord, our willing souls
Accept Thine offer’d grace;
We bless the great Redeemer’s love,
And give the Father praise.
Isaac Watts, 1709.
C. H. Spurgeon, Our Own Hymn Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship, (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1883).