Encouraged by thy word

Encouraged by thy word

Author: John Newton
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1 Encouraged by thy word,
Of promise to the poor,
Behold a beggar, Lord,
Waits at thy mercy door;
No hand, no heart, dear Lord but thine,
Can help or pity wants like mine.

2 The beggar's usual plea,
Relief from men to gain,
If offered unto thee
I know thou wouldst disdain:
But those which move thy gracious ear,
Are such as men would scorn to hear.

3 I have no right to say
That though I now am poor,
Yet once there was a day
When I possessed more;
Thou knowest from my very birth,
I've been the poorest wretch on earth.

4 Nor dare I to profess,
As beggars often do,
Though great is my distress,
My faults have been but few;
If thou shouldst leave my soul to starve,
It would be what I should deserve.

5 Nor dare I to pretend
I never begged before,
And if thou now befriend,
I'll trouble thee no more;
Thou often hast relieved my pain,
And often I must come again.

6 Though crumbs are much too good
For such a wretch as I,
No less that children's food
My soul can satisfy;
O do not frown and bid me go;
I must have all thou canst bestow.

7 Nor can I willing be,
Thy bounties to conceal
From others, who like me,
Their wants and hunger feel;
I'll tell them of thy mercy's store,
And try to send a thousand more.

8 Thy ways, thou only wise,
Our thought's and ways transcend,
Far as the arched skies
Above this earth extend:
Such pleas as mine men would not bear;
But God receives a beggar's prayer.

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: Encouraged by thy word
Author: John Newton
Language: English



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