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

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… 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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