The Pool of Bethesda

Beside the gospel pool

Author: John Newton
Published in 147 hymnals

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1 Beside the gospel pool
Appointed for the poor;
From year to year, my helpless soul
Has waited for a cure.

2 How often have I seen
The healing waters move;
And others, round me, stepping in
Their efficacy prove!

3 But my complaints remain,
I feel the very same;
As full of guilt. and fear, and pain,
As when as first I came.

4 O, would the Lord appear,
My malady to heal!
He knows how long I've languish'd here,
And what distress I feel.

5 How often have I thought,
Why should I longer lie?
Surely the mercy I have sought
Is not for such as I.

6 But whither can I go?
There is not other pool
Where streams of sovereign virtue flow
To make a sinner whole.

7 Here from day to day,
I'll wait, and hope, and try:
Can Jesus hear a sinner pray,
Yet suffer him to die?

8 No: he is full of grace;
He never will permit
A soul that fain would see his face,
To perish at his feet.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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: Beside the gospel pool
Title: The Pool of Bethesda
Author: John Newton
Language: English



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