Darkness overspreads us here

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1. Darkness overspreads us here,
But the night wears fast away;
Jacob’s star will soon appear,
Leading on eternal day!
Now ’tis time to rouse from sleep,
Trim our lamps and stand prepared;
For our Lord strict watch to keep,
Lest He find us off our guard.

2. Let His people courage take,
Bear with a submissive mind
All they suffer for His sake,
Rich amends they soon will find:
He will wipe away their tears,
Near Himself appoint their lot;
All their sorrows, pains and fears,
Quickly then wilt be forgot.

3. Though already saved, by grace,
From the hour we first believed;
Yet while sin and war have place,
We have but a part received:
Still we for salvation wait,
Every hour it nearer comes!
Death will break the prison gate,
And admit us to our homes.

4. Sinners, what can you expect?
You who now the Savior dare;
Break His laws, His grace reject,
You must stand before His bar!
Tremble, lest He say, Depart!
Oh, the horrors of that sound!
Lord, make every careless heart,
Seek Thee while Thou may’st be found.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1158

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: Darkness overspreads us here
Author: John Newton

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[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide]

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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