Joseph Hart 1712-1768
Joseph Hart was a language teacher born in London. He wrote a track titled, “The Unreasonableness of Religion”. He considered himself a backslider and rebel.
He came under conviction and was afraid to sleep for fear he would “awake in hell”! He wandered from church to church looking for peace but only found more condemnation.
He finally heard the words of hope at the age of 45 at a Monrovian chapel. Three years later he became a minister and began to write hymns.
The words of this hymn are from a heart that tasted the grace of God
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love and pow’r.
- Refrain: I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, Every grace that brings you nigh.
Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, Lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you’re better, You will never come at all.
View Him prostrate in the garden; On the ground your Maker lies; On the bloody tree behold Him; Sinner, will this not suffice?
Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended, Pleads the merit of His blood: Venture on Him, venture wholly, Let no other trust intrude.
Let not conscience make you linger, Not of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth Is to feel your need of Him.