As once for Jonah, so the Lord

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1 As once for Jonah, so the Lord
To soothe and cheer my mournful hours,
Prepared for me a pleasing gourd;
Its shade was cool, and sweet its flowers.

2 To prize His gift was surely right;
But through the folly of my heart,
It hid the Giver from my sight,
And soon my joy was changed to smart.

3 While I admired its beauteous form,
Its pleasant shade and graceful fruit;
The Lord, displeased, sent forth a worm,
Unseen, to prey upon the root.

4 I trembled when I saw it fade,
But guilt restrained the murmuring word;
My folly I confessed, and prayed,
Forgive my sin, and spare my gourd.

5 His wondrous love can ne’er be told,
He heard me and relieved my pain;
His word the threatening worm controlled,
And bid my gourd revive again.

6 Now, Lord, the gourd is mine no more,
’Tis Thine, who only couldst it raise;
The idol of my heart before,
Henceforth shall flourish to Thy praise.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11922

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: As once for Jonah, so the Lord
Author: John Newton
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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