Approach, my soul, the mercy seatAuthor: John Newton (1779)
Published in 542 hymnals
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1 Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before his feet,
For none can perish there.
2 Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.
3 Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By wars without, and fears within,
I come to thee for rest.
4 Be thou my shield and hiding place!
That, sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, "thou hast died."
5 O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame;
That guilty sinners such as I,
Might plead thy gracious name.
6 "Poor tempest-tossed soul be still,
My promised grace receive;"
'Tis Jesus speaks, I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803
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Approach, my soul, the mercy seat. J. Newton. [Lent.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 12, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in all later editions of the same work. It came into early use in the hymnals and has attained to a foremost position as one of the most popular of Newton's productions. In the Olney Hymns it is the second of two hymns headed, "The Effort." The first hymn by Newton on this same subject begins:— "Cheer up, my soul, there is a mercy seat." No. 11, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines as above. Its similarity to "Approach, my soul," has led some to suppose it to have been re-written by an unknown compiler. In the American College Hymnal, N. Y. 1876, stanzas ii., iii. and iv. are given as No. 280, "Lord, I am come, Thy promise is my plea." The use of this hymn in any form is very limited.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (3)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #547||Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #548||Approach, my soul, the mercy seat||John Newton (1725-1807)||Charles Hutcheson (1792-1860); David Evans (1874-1948)||22.214.171.124||Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 9:1-5; Matthew 11:28-19; Psalm 33:20; Romans 7:23||STRACATHRO||D Major||English||2005|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #507||Approach, my soul, the mercy seat||Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat||John Newton||Arthur Cottman||126.96.36.199||Hebrews 4:14-16||DALEHURST||F Major||English||1990|