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Peter Released from Prison

Fervent persevering prayers

Author: John Newton
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Fervent persevering prayers
Are faith's assured resource;
Brazen gates and iron bars,
In vain withstand their force;
Peter when if prison cast,
Though by soldier's kept with care;
Though the doors were bolted fast,
Was soon released by prayer.

2 While he slept, an angel came
And spread a light around;
Touched and called him by his name,
And raised him from the ground;
All his chains and fetters burst,
Every door wide open flew;
Peter thought he dreamed, at first,
But found the vision true.

3 Thus the Lord can make a way
To bring his saints relief;
'Tis their part to wait and pray,
In spite of unbelief;
He can break through walls of stone,
Sink the mountain to a plain;
They to whom his name is known,
Can never pray in vain.

4 Thus in chains of guilt and sin,
Poor sinners sleeping lie;
No alarm is felt within,
Although condemned to die;
'Till descending from above
[Mercy smiling in his eyes]
Jesus, with a voice of love
Awakes and bids them rise.

5 Glad the summons they obey,
And liberty desire;
Straight their fetters melt away
Like wax before the fire;
By the word of him who died
Guilty prisoners to release;
Every door flies open wide,
And they depart in peace.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Fervent persevering prayers
Title: Peter Released from Prison
Author: John Newton
Language: English



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d56

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d41

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #49

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d54

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d25

The Sacred Lyre #d81

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