1 Let us sing, for we have reason;
Let us join with those above;
Praise is never out of season;
Let us praise the God of love;
We have cause, indeed, to sing,
Jesus is our glorious King.
2 When we reach the full enjoyment
Of the state where sorrows end;
Praise will be our sweet employment,
We shall praise the sinner’s friend;
Him who washed us with His blood,
Saved, and brought us nigh to God.
3 But how diff’rent then our praises
From the thanks we render now!
Well our coldness may amaze us,
When we think how much we owe;
But no coldness will remain
When that glorious state we gain.
4 Yet our Lord accepts our praises,
Offered while we sojourn here;
He on whom th’archangel gazes
With delight and holy fear,
Hears His people when they sing,
And accepts the praise they bring.
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 tumultuous 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 à 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 >