Afflictions, though they seem severe

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1 Afflictions, though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent;
They stopped the prodigal's career,
And forced him to repent;
Although he no relenting felt
Till he had spent his store;
His stubborn heart began to melt,
When famine pinched him sore.

2 "What have I gained by sin," he said,
"But hunger, shame and fear?
My father's house abounds in bread,
Whilst I am starving here.
I'll go and tell him all I've done,
Fall down before his face;
Unworthy to be called his son,
I'll seek a servant's place"

3 His father saw him coming back,
He saw, and run, and smiled;
And threw his arms around the neck,
Of his rebellious child.
"Father, I've sinned--but O forgive!
I've heard enough" he said,
"Rejoice, my house, my son's alive,
For whom I mourn'd as dead.

4 "Now let the fatted calf be slain,
And spread the news around;
My son was dead but lives again,
Was lost, but now is found."
'Tis thus the Lord his love reveals,
To call poor sinners home;
More than a father's love he feels,
And welcomes all that come.

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Afflictions, though they seem severe
Author: John Newton
Language: English


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ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)

ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…

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