The Fruit of the Spirit Is Joy

Joy is a fruit that will not grow

Author: John Newton
Tune: ELIZABETHTOWN (Kingsley)
Published in 87 hymnals

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1 Joy is a Fruit that will not grow
In Nature's barren Soil;
All we can boast, 'till Christ we know,
Is Vanity and Toil.

2 But where the Lord has planted Grace,
And made his Glories known;
There Fruits of Heav'nly Joy and Peace
Are found, and there alone.

3 A bleeding Saviour, seen by Faith,
A Sense of Pard'ning Love,
A Hope that triumphs over Death,
Give Joys like those above.

4 To make a Glimpse within the Vail,
To know that God is mine;
Are Springs of Joy that never fail,
Unspeakably Divine.

5 These are the Joys that satisfy,
And sanctify the Mind;
Which make the spirit mount on High,
And leave the World behind.

6 No more Believers, mourn your Lot,
But if you are the Lord's,
Resign to them that know him not,
Such Joys as Earth affords.

Source: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #CXLIII

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 tumul¬≠tuous 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 √† 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 >

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First Line: Joy is a fruit that will not grow
Title: The Fruit of the Spirit Is Joy
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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