Now the Saviour stands a pleading
Now the Saviour stands a pleading. John Leland* (1754–1841).
The first known printings of this hymn date from 1801, in at least three collections:
Richard Allen, A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from various authors (Philadelphia: T. L. Plowman); Josiah Goddard, A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Walpole, New Hampshire: Thomas & Thomas); Peter Leibert, The Christian's Duty: exhibited in a series of hymns collected from various authors designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (Second Edition, Germantown, Pennsylvania).
The text was as follows:
Now the Saviour stands a pleading, At the sinner’s bolted...
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