Of sovereign grace to preach!
The reason is, if truth be said,
Because they are so rich.
Does God's election seem ?
Because they think themselves so wise
That they have chosen him.
Are some to speak or hear ?
Because, as masters over sloth,
They vow to persevere.
A point so little known ?
Because men think they all possess
Some righteousness their own.
Prefers his humble prayer;
He looks to him that works the whole,
And seeks his treasure there.
On sovereign grace rely;
And own 'tis free, because bestowed
On one so vile as I.
For, Lord, I plainly see,
Had not thy choice preceded mine,
I ne'er had chosen thee.
But would on this depend...
That Jesus, having loved his own,
Will love them to the end.
For righteousness divine :
0 may thy matchless merits be,
By imputation, mine.
To make salvation Sure.
Now most men will approve the rich,
But Christ has blessed the poor:
"Because thou sayest, I am rich." Rev 3:17. Joseph Hart. A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. by William Gadsby. The Gospel Standard Societies, 1977. 8 Roundwood Gardens, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 3AJ, England. Hymn 222. Pages 183-4.