Before Elisha's gate

Author: John Newton
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Before Elisha's gate
The Syrian leper stood,
But could not brook to wait,
He deem'd himself too good:
He thought the prophet would attend,
And not to him a message send.

2 Have I this journey come,
And will he not be seen?
I were as well at home,
Would washing make me clean:
Why must I wash in Jordan's flood?
Damascus' rivers are as good.

3 Thus, by his foolish pride,
He almost miss'd a cure;
Howe'er at length he try'd
And found the method sure:
Soon as his pride was brought to yield,
His leprosy was quickly heal'd.

4 Leprous and proud as he,
To Jesus thus I came,
From sin to set me free,
When first I heard his fame:
Surely, thought I, my pompous train
Of vows and tears will notice gain.

5 My heart devis'd the way
Which I suppos'd he'd take;
And when I found delay,
Was ready to go back:
Had he some painful task enjoin'd
I to performance seem'd inclin'd.

6 When by his word he spake,
"that fountain open'd see;
"Twas open'd for thy sake,
"Go wash and thou art free:"
Oh! how did my proud heart gainsay,
I fear'd to trust this simple way.

7 At length I trial made,
When I had much endur'd,
The message I obey'd,
I wash'd and I was cur'd:
Sinners this healing fountain try
Which cleans'd a wretch so vile as I.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Before Elisha's gate
Title: Naaman
Author: John Newton
Language: English



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