Lord I cannot let thee go

Lord I cannot let thee go

Author: John Newton
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1 Lord, I cannot let thee go,
'Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine's an urgent, pressing case.

2 Dost thou ask me who I am?
Ah, my Lord, thou know'st my name!
Yet a question gives a plea,
To support my suit with thee.

3 Thou didst once a wretch behold,
In rebellion blindly bold,
Scorn thy grace, thy power defy,
That poor rebel, Lord was I.

4 Once a sinner near despair,
Sought thy mercy seat by pray'r;
Mercy heard and set him free,
Lord, that mercy came to me.

5 Many days have passed since then,
Many changes I have seen;
Yet have been upheld till now,
Who could hold me up but thou?

6 Thou hast helped in every need,
This emboldens me to plead;
After so much mercy past,
Can'st thou let me sink at last?

7 No--I must maintain my hold;
'Tis thy goodness makes me bold,
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesus' sake.

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: Lord I cannot let thee go
Author: John Newton
Language: English