Christians, if your hearts be warm
Christians, if your hearts be warm. John Leland* (1754–1841).
Leland probably composed this hymn in 1788, and it appeared in print two years later in Richard Broaddus and Andrew Broaddus, Collection of Sacred Ballads (unpaged, Caroline Co, Virginia, 1790). The first page scan in Hymnary.org is from Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1794), where it was headed ‘Admonition to Christian Duties’:
Christians, if your hearts be warm,Ice and snow can do no harm;If by Jesus you are prized,Rise, believe, and be baptized.
Jesus drank the gall for you,Bore the curse for sinners due;Children, prove your love...
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