For mercies, countless as the sands

For mercies, countless as the sands

Author: John Newton
Published in 42 hymnals

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: For mercies, countless as the sands
Author: John Newton

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For mercies countless as the sands. J. Newton. [Praise.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book i., No. 50, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon Psalms cxvi. 12,13. Its use both in the older, and in modern collections both in Great Britain and America, is extensive. Original text in Hymnal Companion, No. 501.

The authorship of this hymn is sometimes attributed to W. Cowper, the poet, but in error. It is not given in any of the collected works of Cowper, and his signature in the Olney Hymns "C" is not added to this hymn, in any edition with which we are acquainted, and certainly not in the first of 1779. We attribute it to J. Newton on the ground that all unsigned hymns in the Olney are claimed by him.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (1 - 42 of 42)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns #183Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #1106Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d159
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. New and Revised ed. #683Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #170Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #61Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d73
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d85
Anglican Hymn Book #155
Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #131Page Scan
Christian Praise #d92
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #113Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #391Page Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #176Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d47
Hymns for Social Worship, Compiled for the Use of Canadian Baptist Churches #d71
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #444Page Scan
Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #99Page Scan
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #307Page Scan
Parish Psalmody #d175
Parish Psalmody #d180
Songs for Social and Public Worship #332Page Scan
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #327Page Scan
The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d62
The Army and Navy Prayer Book #d13
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #546Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #203.546Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #546Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #954Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #528Page Scan
The Book of Praise #d81
The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #305Page Scan
The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with accompanying tunes (3rd ed., rev. and enl.) #564Page Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H321Page Scan
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #573Page Scan
The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #99Page Scan
The National Baptist Hymn Book #d143
The National Baptist Hymnal: arranged for use in churches, Sunday schools, and young people's socieities (5th ed. Rev.) #384Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #232bPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d247
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d222
The Village Hymn book #d67



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