Break thro' the clouds, dear Lord, and shine

Break thro' the clouds, dear Lord, and shine

Author: John Newton
Published in 13 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Break through the clouds, dear Lord, and shine,
Let us perceive thee nigh!
And to each mourning child of thine,
These gracious words apply.

2 "Let not my children slight the stroke,
I for chastisement send;
Nor faint beneath my kind rebuke,
For I am still their friend.

3 "The wicked I perhaps may leave
Awhile and not reprove;
But all the children I receive,
I scourge because I love.

4 "I see your hearts at present filled
With grief and deep distress;
But soon these bitter seeds shall yield
The fruits of righteousness."

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Break thro' the clouds, dear Lord, and shine
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Family Hymns #d31

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #44

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Hymns for Social Worship #458

The Family Choir #d8

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCXVIII

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCXVIII

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The Psalmody #1072

Village Hymns #d78

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #552

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #552

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #552

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