Joy is a fruit that will not grow

Joy is a fruit that will not grow

Author: John Newton
Tune: ELIZABETHTOWN (Kingsley)
Published in 81 hymnals

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1 Joy is a fruit that will not grow
In nature's barren soil;
All we can boast, 'till Christ we know,
Is vanity and toil.

2 But where the Lord has planted grace,
And made his glories known;
There fruits of heavenly joy and peace
Are found, and there alone.

3 A bleeding Savior, seen by faith,
A sense of pardoning love,
A hope that triumphs over death,
Give hoys like those above.

4 To make a glimpse within the veil,
To know that God is mine;
Are springs of joy that never fail,
Unspeakably divine.

5 These are the joys that satisfy,
And sanctify the mind;
Which make the spirit mount on high,
And leave the world behind.

6 No more believers, mourn your lot,
But if you are the Lord's,
Resign to them that know him not,
Such joys as earth affords.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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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