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All things are ready, there's a place of rest
shut from the world, its follies and its snares,
built for God's glory, with his presence blest,
and there the Lord of life his feast prepares.
All things are ready, Jesus waits to give
his Flesh and Blood in unexhausted store;
he waits to give thee faith on him to live,
and strength, that thou may'st 'go, and sin no more.'
Are all things ready—Is the heart prepared?—
invited guest, O search that heart and see:
the waiting feast,—by whom shall it be shared?
Oh! is all ready? — All excepting thee.
Not ready yet!—but he can make thee so;
his grace is all complete, his work is done!
who gave himself, will all things else bestow,
for all thy sins and weaknesses atone.
Then rise and come—for he is here to greet
each way-worn wanderer journeying to his home,
Come, claim thy pardon at his mercy-seat;
the Spirit and the Bride are calling, 'Come.'
verses 1-4, anonymous; verse 5, Godfrey Thring (1823-1903)