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Rest for Weary Souls

Representative Text

1 Does the gospel word proclaim
Rest for those that weary be?
Then, my soul, put in thy claim;
'Tis that promise speaks to thee.

2 Marks of grace I cannot show,
All polluted is my best;
But I weary am, I know,
And the weary long for rest.

3 Burdened with a load of sin.
Harassed with tormenting doubt;
Hourly conflicts from within,
Hourly crosses from without.

4 All my little strength is gone,
Sink must I without supply;
Sure upon the earth is none
Can more weary be than I.

5 In the ark the weary dove
Found a welcome resting place;
Thus my spirit longs to prove
Rest in Christ, the Ark of grace.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #458

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: Does the Gospel word proclaim
Title: Rest for Weary Souls
Author: John Newton
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns #251

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #356

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A Selection of Hymns #234

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #687

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Echoes of Paradise #159

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #325

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #476

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Hymns for Church and Home #243

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Hymns of the Church Militant #372

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Plymouth Collection #a456

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #456

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #727

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Revival Hymns #75

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Sacred Songs & Solos #216

Sacred Songs and Solos #216

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b608

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #608

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Songs for the Sanctuary #608

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Songs for the Sanctuary #608

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Songs for the Sanctuary #608

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Songs of Devotion for Christian Assocations #551

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Songs of the Church #379

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The Aid to Praise #51

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #456

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The Baptist Hymn Book #804

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The Baptist Praise Book #695

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The Christian Hymn Book #369

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The Church Hymnary #402

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #181

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The College Hymnal #256

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The Lord's Songs #XVIII

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #297

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #297

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #458

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