Father, Forgive, the Savior Said

Father, forgive, the Savior said

Author: John Newton (1779)
Tune: ABIDING GRACE
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1. Father, forgive, the Savior said
They know not what they do;
His heart was moved when thus He prayed
For me, my friends, and you.

2. He saw, that as the Jews abused
And crucified His flesh,
So He, by us, would be refused,
And crucified afresh.

3. Through love of sin, we long were prone
To act as Satan bid;
But now, with grief and shame we own,
We knew not what we did.

4. We knew not the desert of sin,
Nor whom we thus defied;
Nor where our guilty souls had been,
If Jesus had not died.

5. We knew not what a law we broke,
How holy, just and pure!
Nor what a God we durst provoke,
But thought ourselves secure.

6. But Jesus all our guilt foresaw,
And shed His precious blood
To satisfy the holy law,
And make our peace with God.

7. My sin, dear Savior, made Thee bleed,
Yet didst Thou pray for me!
I knew not what I did, indeed,
When ignorant of Thee.

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: Father, forgive, the Savior said
Title: Father, Forgive, the Savior Said
Author: John Newton (1779)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Source: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 109
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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