1 Hark! how time's wide sounding bell
Strikes on each attentive ear!
Tolling loud the solemn knell
Of the late departed year;
Years, like mortals wear away,
Have their birth and dying day;
Youthful spring, and wintry age
Then to others quit the stage.
2 Sad experience may relate
What a year the last has been!
Crops of sorrow have been great,
From the fruitful seeds of sin:
Oh! what numbers gay and blithe,
Fell be death's unsparing scythe?
While they thought the world their own,
Suddenly he mowed them down.
3 See how war, with dreadful stride
Marches at the Lord's command;
Spreading desolation wide,
Through a once much favored land
War, with hearts and arms of steel,
Preys on thousands at a meal,
Daily drinking human gore,
Still he thirsts and calls for more.
4 If the God, whom we provoke,
Hither should his way direct,
What a sin avenging stroke
May a land like this expect!
They who now securely sleep,
Quickly then would wake and weep;
And too late, would learn to fear,
When they saw the danger near.
5 You are safe who know his love,
He will all his truth perform;
To our souls a refuge prove,
From the rage of every storm:
But we tremble for the youth;
Teach them, Lord, thy saving truth,
Join them to thy faithful few,
Be to them a refuge too.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803
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 >