Be still, my heart, these anxious cares

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VISITATION OF THE SICK. *^ I look for the Lord ; viy soul doth wait for
hi7n ; in his word is my trust ^'' [L. M; T) E Still, my heart, these anxious cares T) E Still, my heart, these anxious cares
-'-^ To thee are burdens, thorns, and snares;
They cast dishonour on thy Lord,
And contradict his gracious word.

2 Brought safely by his hand thus far,
Why wilt thou now give place to fear ?
How canst thou want if he provide.
Or lose thy way with such a guide ?

3 When first before his mercy-seat,
Thou didst to him thy all commit;
He gave thee warrant from that hour,
To trust his wisdom, love, and power.

4 Did ever trouble yet befall.
And he refuse to hear thy call ?
And has he not his promise passed,
That thou shalt overcome at last ?
5 Though rough and thorny be the road.
It leads thee home apace to God;
Then count thy present trials small,
For heaven will make amends for all.

Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (Rev. ed.) #249

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: Be still, my heart, these anxious cares
Author: John Newton

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WAREHAM (Knapp)

William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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BE STILL MY HEART


GRACE CHURCH (Pleyel)


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