The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.@1 Corinthians 1:18

Appeared in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Worship, Col­lect­ed from Var­i­ous Au­thors, by S. Wool­mer (Ex­e­ter, Eng­land: 1801). In Dan­i­el Sedg­wick’s marked co­py of John Do­bell’s New Se­lec­tion, 1806, the au­thor is given as Jon­a­than All­en. It is not known what au­thor­i­ty Sedg­wick used to at­trib­ute the lyr­ics to Al­len. Duf­field, page 170, cre­dits the hymn to John Al­len.

In lat­er hym­nals, the first and se­cond verse are some­times trans­posed.

Un­ser Herr­scher Jo­ach­im Ne­an­der, 1680 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joachim Neander (1650–1680)

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

Hear the heralds of the Gospel
News from Zion’s king proclaim:
Pardon to each rebel sinner,
Free forgiveness in His name
:
How important, how important,
Free forgiveness in His name.

Tempted souls, they bring you succor;
Fearful hearts, they quell your fears,
And, with news of consolation,
Chase away the falling tears:
Tender heralds, tender heralds,
Chase away the falling tears.

False professors, groveling wordlings,
Callous hearers of the Word,
While the messengers address you,
Take the warnings they afford;
We entreat you, we entreat you,
Take the warnings they afford.

O ye angels, hovering round us,
Waiting spirits, speed your way;
Haste ye to the court of Heaven,
Tidings bear without delay,
Rebel sinners, rebel sinners,
Glad the message will obey.