Joy is a fruit that will not grow

Joy is a fruit that will not grow

Author: John Newton
Published in 85 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 heavenly joy and peace
Are found, and there alone.

3 A bleeding Savior, seen by faith,
A sense of pardoning love,
A hope that triumphs over death,
Give hoys like those above.

4 To make a glimpse within the veil,
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.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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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Author: John Newton

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