Author: Johann Friedrich Starck (1680-1756) Composer: John William Dadmun (1819-1890)
1. Hark the voice of Jesus teaches; All who are not born again Out of water and of Spirit Shall be lost. ’Tis clear and plain That to enter heaven’s portal And inherit life immortal, New creations we must be, On this earth from sin made free.
2. This new birth must be accomplished Thro’ baptism and God’s Word; And if we do not oppose Him Soon it shall be seen and heard; If His grace we do not banish, How all wickedness will vanish; For if God possess the heart, Sin and evil must depart.
3. Furthermore the Holy Spirit As a comforter is sent, Plucking out the roots of evil, Sowing seeds of good intent. All our motives and desires Are renewed; and He requires That our conduct shall be right, Serving God with all our might.
4. So by love and constant striving Man must serve God’s holy name; And the worldly sin despising, Let perfection be his aim; For God’s mercy he is grateful, And to him all things are hateful Which his sinful heart had loved And in former times approved.
5. Singing, praying, God adoring, Fills the new born person’s mind; From the world to God returning Strength and power he will find. And in all his operation, Showing that regeneration, Surely maketh all things new, And gives grace God’s will to do.
6. Thus there will be manifested An entire change of heart, Which as will be seen and noticed, Holiness of life impart. Heart and mind and self renewing All the evil thoughts subduing, Faith and love will be the theme, And God’s Spirit rule supreme.
7. O, my God, I bow before Thee: Now in me Thy work fulfill! By Thy Spirit’s hov’ring o’er me Sanctify my heart and will. Let me not be lost forever, But reborn of Thee, O Saviour; May I, child-like, Thee adore, Learn to love Thee more and more.
8. Lord, let me continue ever In this state, so richly blest, Until death earth’s bonds shall sever, And I enter into rest. O, let nothing from Thee take me; Thou art mine, do not forsake me; Then with joy I hence depart, E’er to be where Thou, Lord, art!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!