Description: Words by an unknown author, before 1794, in ten stanzas. Ingalls used two stanzas in each line of his composition. "The text was cobbled by one who had far more religious zeal than poetic ability … In interpreting it as a phrygian tune I have assumed that the b-flats and c-naturals are organic and that the b-naturals and c-sharps are not" (Jackson 1953b, no. 29).
Original text and translations
1. Come all ye saints and sinners near,
Come listen a while and you shall hear
The wonders of almighty grace,
Which set me free to sing his praise.
2. One glorious Jesus, from the sky,
He said to me as he passed by,
Awake, arise, depart and fly,
Go hence, or you will surely die.
3. Mine eyes he opened to behold
The wonders I have never told;
Heaven and hell I thought I saw,
And my poor soul in ruin lay,
4. I heard of Jesus who they say
Could wash a sinner's sins away;
But how to find him I did not know,
Nor how to meet with him below.
5. My flesh did war against my soul,
Temptation did me much control;
The weeping saints I could not slight,
Who sought their Jesus day and night.
6. The scandal of his cross I see,
That scandal it would fall on me;
But still I thought I did behold
I wanted Jesus more than gold.
7. I laid me down to take my rest,
Bemoaning of my dreadful case;
I thought I would for mercy wait
But then I feared I'd come too late.
8. I little thought he'd been so nigh,
His speaking made me smile and cry:
He said I'm come to you my love,
I have a place for you above.
9. This glorious news I did believe,
My sins and sorrows did me leave;
My soul enraptured in his love,
In hopes to go with him above,
10. There for to set and sing and tell
The wonders of Immanuel,
While we shall join in songs divine
To praise him all his saints combine.
From Smith and Sleeper, Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs, 1794