The Pool of Bethesda

Beside the gospel pool

Author: John Newton
Published in 152 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

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



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Original Sacred Harp Denson Revision 1987 Standard Melodies #34a


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The Sacred Harp #34a

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