The Trembling Gaoler

A believer, free from care

Author: John Newton
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 A believer, free from care,
May in chains or dungeons sing,
(If the Lord be with him there)
And he happier than a king
Paul and Silas thus confined,
Though their backs were torn by whips,
Yet possessing peace of mind,
Sung his praise with joyful lips.

2 Suddenly the prison shook,
Open flew the iron doors,
And the gaoler, terror-struck,
Now his captives' help implores:
Trembling at their feet he fell,
"Tell me first, what must I do
To be saved from grief and hell?
None can tell me this but you."

3 "Look to Jesus, (they replied)
If on him thou canst believe;
By the death that he has died,
Thou salvation shall receive:"
While the living word he heard,
Faith sprung up within his heart,
And released from all he feared,
In their joy his soul had part.

4 Sinners, Christ is still the same,
O that you could likewise fear!
Then the mention of his name
Would be music to your ear;
Jesus rescues Satan's slaves,
His dear wounds still plead, "Forgive!"
Jesus to the utmost saves
Sinners look on him and live.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

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: A believer, free from care
Title: The Trembling Gaoler
Author: John Newton
Language: English

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