The Burdened Sinner

Ah, what can I do

Author: John Newton
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Ah, what can I do,
Or where be secure!
If justice pursue
What heart can endure
The heart breaks asunder,
Though hard as a stone,
When God speaks in thunder,
And makes himself known.

2 With terror I read
My sin's heavy force,
The numbers exceed
The sands on the shore;
Guilt makes me unable
To stand or to flee
So Cain murdered Abel,
And trembled like me.

3 Each sin, like his blood,
With a terrible cry,
Calls loudly on God
To strike from on high:
Nor can my repentance,
Extorted by fear,
Reverse the just sentence,
'Tis just, though severe.

4 The case is too plain,
I have my own choice;
Again and again
I slighted his voice:
His warnings neglected,
His patience abused
His gospel rejected,
His mercy refused.

5 And must I then go,
For ever to dwell
In torments and woe
With devils in hell!
Oh where is the Saviour
I scorned in times past;
His word in my favor
Would save me at last.

6 Lord Jesus on thee
I venture to call,
O look upon me
The vilest of all;
For whom didst thou languish,
And bleed on the tree?
O pity my anguish;
And say, "'Twas for thee."

7 A case such as mine
Will honor thy power,
And hell will repine,
All heaven adore;
If in condemnation
Strict justice takes place,
It shines in salvation
More glorious through grace.

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: Ah, what can I do
Title: The Burdened Sinner
Author: John Newton
Language: English



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