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Repentance and Faith.  Matt. 9. 13; Luke 13. 3

J. Hart                               C.M.

1
[What various ways do men invent,
To give the conscience ease!
Some say, Believe; and some, Repent;
And some say, Strive to please.

2
But, brethren, Christ, and Christ alone,
Can rightly do the thing;
Nor ever can the way be known,
Till he salvation bring.

3
What mean the men that say, Believe,
And let repentance go?
What comfort can the soul receive
That never felt its woe?]

4
Christ says, “That I might sinners call
To penitence, I’m sent;”
And, “Likewise ye shall perish all,
Except ye do repent.”

5
Those who are called by grace divine
Believe, but not alone;
Repentance to their faith they join,
And so go safely on.

6
But should repentance, or should faith,
Should both deficient seem,
Jesus gives both, the Scripture saith;
Then ask them both of him.