Balaam's Wish

How blest the righteous are

Author: John Newton
Published in 26 hymnals

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1 How blest the righteous are,
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.

2 "Oh! let me die said he,
The death the righteous do;
When life is ended, let me be
Found with the faithful few."

3 The force of truth, how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous, whom they hate,
A solid hope possess,

4 But Balaam's wish was vain,
His heart was insincere:
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.

5 He seemed the Lord to know,
And to offend him loath;
But Mammon prov'd his overthrow,
For none can serve them both.

6 May we, O Lord, most high,
Warning from hence receive,
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.

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: How blest the righteous are
Title: Balaam's Wish
Author: John Newton
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d58
A Collection of Hymns: for camp meetings, revivals, &c., for the use of the Primitive Methodists #L182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d129
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #679Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d82
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CCLXIXPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CCLXIXPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d155
Baptist Hymn Book #d4
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d56
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #8TextPage Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d75
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d36
Hymns for Christian Melody #880Page Scan
Select Melodies; Comprising the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use, and not generally found in standard church hymn-books: as also a number of original pieces, and translations from...German #360Page Scan
The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d82
The Book of Worship #432TextPage Scan
The Church Hymn Book #d383
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #96Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #XCVITextPage Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #XCVITextPage Scan
The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the most approved authors; adapted to the various occasions of public and social meetings (New Ed. Enl. and Imp.) #65Page Scan
Village Hymns #d222
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (2nd ed.) #572Page Scan
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #572Page Scan
Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original: designed as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts (6th ed.) #572Page Scan



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