By various maxims, forms and rules

By various maxims, forms and rules

Author: John Newton
Tune: ALSTONE
Published in 36 hymnals

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1 By various maxims, forms, and rules,
That pass for wisdom in the schools,
I strove my passion to refrain;
But all my efforts proved in vain.

2 But since the Savior I have known,
My rules are all reduced to one;
I keep my Lord by faith in view,
Which strength supplies and motives too.

3 I see him lead a suffering life,
Patient amidst reproach and strife;
And from this pattern courage take
To bear and suffer for his sake.

4 Upon the cross I see him bleed,
And by the fight from guilt am freed;
This fight destroys the life of sin,
And quickens heavenly life within.

5 To look to Jesus as he rose,
Confirms my faith, disarms my foes;
Satan I shame and overcome,
By pointing to my Savior's tomb.

6 Exalted on his glorious throne,
I see him make my cause his own;
Then all my anxious cares subside,
For Jesus lives, and will provide.

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

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: By various maxims, forms and rules
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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The Cyber Hymnal #12034
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