As some tall rock amidst the waves

As some tall rock amidst the waves

Author: John Newton
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 As some tall rock amidst the waves,
The fury of the tempest braves;
While fierce the billows, toiling high,
Break at its foot and murmuring die:

2 Thus they, who in the Lord confide,
Though foes assault on every side;
Cannot be moved or overthrown,
For Jesus makes their cause His own.

3 So faithful Stephen, undismayed,
The malice of the Jews surveyed;
The holy joy which filled his breast
A luster on his face impressed.

4 "Behold!" he said, "the world of light
Is opened to my strengthened sight;
My glorious Lord appears in view,
That Jesus, whom ye lately slew."

5 With such a friend and witness near,
No form of death could make him fear;
Calm, midst the shower of stones, he kneels,
And only for his murderers feels.

6 May we, by faith, perceive Thee thus,
Dear Savior, ever near to us!
This fight, through life, our peace shall keep,
And death be feared no more than sleep.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8991

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 some tall rock amidst the waves
Author: John Newton
Copyright: Public Domain


As some tall rock amidst the waves. J. Newton. [St. Stephen.] On "The Death of Stephen," in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and first published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 120, and repeated, without alteration, in later editions. It was in common use as early as Cotterill's Selection, 1810. It is seldom found in modern collections. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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