Man by Nature, Grace and Glory

Lord, what is man? Extremes how wide

Author: John Newton
Published in 29 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Lord, what is man? Extremes how wide
In this mysterious nature join!
The flesh, to worms and dust allied
The soul immortal and divine!

2 Divine at first, a holy flame
Kindled by the Almighty's breath;
Till stained by sin, it soon became
The seat of darkness, strife, and death.

3 But Jesus, Oh! amazing grace!
Affirmed our nature as his own,
Obeyed and suffered in our place,
Then took it with him to his throne.

4 Near to which throne, and high in song,
Man shall his hallelujahs raise;
While wondering angels round him throng,
And swell the chorus of his praise.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, what is man? Extremes how wide
Title: Man by Nature, Grace and Glory
Author: John Newton
Language: English

Notes

Lord, what is man? extremes how Wide. J. Newton. [Man by Nature, Grace, and Glory.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book iii., No. 88, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Man by Nature, Grace, and Glory." It is the last of the longer hymns given in the Olney Hymns, and would appear to have been designedly placed there as a fitting close to the work, a few "short hymns," and four doxologies only, following. The closing stanza is exceedingly appropriate:—
"Nearest the throne, and first in song, Man shall his hallelujahs raise; While wond'ring angels round him throng, And swell the chorus of his praise."
Although lacking the general interest and popularity of Newton's hymns, it is given in several collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d83

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #145b

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d61

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (14th stereotype ed.) #205

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (7th ed.) #S388

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: original and selected (5th ed.) #B205

The Christian Hymnal #d411

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d266

The Sacred Songster. 5th ed. #d104

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