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If Solomon for wisdom prayed

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1 If Solomon for wisdom prayed,
The Lord before had made him wise;
Else he another choice had made,
And asked for what the worldlings prize.

2 Thus He invites his people still,
He first instructs them how to choose;
Then bids them ask whate’er they will,
Assured that He will not refuse.

3 Our wishes would our ruin prove,
Could we our wretched choice obtain;
Before we feel the Savior’s love,
Kindle our love to Him again.

4 But when our hearts perceive His worth,
Desires, till then unknown, take place;
Our spirits cleave no more to earth,
But pant for holiness and grace.

5 And dost Thou say, "Ask what Thou wilt?"
Lord, I would seize the golden hour;
I pray to be released from guilt,
And freed from sin and Satan’s power.

6 More of Thy presence, Lord, impart,
More of Thine image let me bear;
Erect thy throne within my heart,
And reign without a rival there.

7 Give me to read my pardon sealed,
And from Thy joy to draw my strength;
To have Thy boundless love revealed
In all its height, and breadth, and length.

8 Grant these requests, I ask no more
But to Thy care the rest resign;
Sick or in health, or rich or poor,
All shall be well if Thou art mine.


Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10725

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: If Solomon for wisdom prayed
Author: John Newton

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If Solomon for wisdom prayed. J. Newton. [Lent.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 32, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, as the second hymn on 1 Kings iii. 5, "Ask what I shall give thee." In its original form it is unknown to the hymnals; but stanzas v.-viii., as "And dost Thou say, Ask what thou wilt," is well known, and in extensive use. It appeared in this form in the Arminian Magazine, 1781, p. 231. It is given in many modern collections in Great Britain and America, and usually with slight alterations, which vary in different hymnals. In the Presbyterian Selection of Hymns, Philadelphia, 1861, it begins, "Lord, dost Thou say," &c.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Henry Baker (b. Nuneham, Oxfordshire, England, 1835; d. Wimbledon, England, 1910; not to be confused with Henry W. Baker) was educated as a civil engineer at Winchester and Cooper's Hill and was active in railroad building in India. In 1867 he completed a music degree at Exeter College, Oxford, Engl…

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