Words: , 1760; ap­peared in the De­vo­tion­al Hymn and Tune Book, by (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Amer­i­can Bap­tist Pub­lish­ing So­ci­e­ty, 1864).

Music: Mer­i­bah, , 1839. Al­ter­nate tune:

  • Ganges, S. Chandler, cir­ca 1790

Awaked by Sinai’s awful sound,
My soul in bonds of guilt I found,
And knew not where to go;
Eternal truth did loud proclaim,
“The sinner must be born again,
Or sink to endless woe.”

Amazed I stood, but could not tell
Which way to shun the gates of hell,
For death and hell drew near;
I strove, indeed, but strove in vain;
“The sinner must be born again”
Still sounded in my ear.

When to the law I trembling fled,
It poured its curses on my head;
I no relief could find.
This fearful truth increased my pain;
“The sinner must be born again”
O’erwhelmed my tortured mind.

The saints I heard with rapture tell
How Jesus conquered death and hell,
And broke the fowler’s snare;
Yet when I found this truth remain,
“The sinner must be born again,”
I sank in deep despair.

But while I thus in anguish lay,
The gracious Savior passed this way,
And felt His pity move;
The sinner, by His justice slain,
Now by His grace is born again;
And sings redeeming love.