As the serpent raised by Moses

As the serpent raised by Moses

Author: John Newton
Tune: CONSTANCY (Anonymous)
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 As the serpent raised by Moses
Healed the burning serpent's bite,
Jesus thus himself discloses
To the wounded sinner's sight.

2 Hear his gracious invitation,
"I have life and peace to give,
I have wrought out full salvation,
Sinner look to me and live.

3 Pore upon your sins no longer,
Well I know their mighty guilt;
But my love than death is stronger,
I my blood have freely spilt.

4 Though your heart has long been hardened,
Look on me--it soft shall grow;
Past transgressions shall be pardoned,
And I'll wash you white as snow.

5 I have seen what you were doing;
Though you little thought of me;
You were madly bent on ruin,
But I said--It shall not be.

6 You had been for ever wretched,
Had I not espoused your part;
Now behold my arms outstretched
To receive you to my heart.

7 Well may shame, and joy, and wonder,
All you inward passions move;
I could crush thee with my thunder.
But I speak to thee in love.

8 See! your sins are all forgiven,
I have paid the countless sum!
Now my death has opened heaven,
Thither you shall shortly come."

9 Dearest Savior, we adore thee
For thy precious life and death;
Melt each stubborn heart before thee,
Give us all the eye of faith:

10 From the law's condemning sentence,
To thy mercy we appeal;
Thou alone canst give repentance,
Thou alone our souls canst heal.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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: As the serpent raised by Moses
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English

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