O speak that gracious word again

O speak that gracious word again

Author: John Newton
Tune: MARTYRS (13153)
Published in 25 hymnals

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 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 >

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First Line: O speak that gracious word again
Author: John Newton

Notes

O speak that gracious word again. J. Newton. [Peace.] This is No. 53 of Book iii. in the Olney Hymns, 1779, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and is headed “Peace restored." In its full or in an abridged form it is found in a few modern hymnals. In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, No. 882, it is changed from C. M. to S. M., and reads, "O speak that word again;" but this form of the hymn has not met with favour.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #397

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A Selection of Hymns #233

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Church Melodies #674

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Church Psalmist #P51f

Parish Psalmody #d604

Parish Psalmody #d617

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #115

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #129

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad823

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b712

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Songs for the Sanctuary #712

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Songs for the Sanctuary #712

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Songs for the Sanctuary #712

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #712

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #712

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Songs of the Church #452

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The Baptist Hymn Book #1056

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The Christian Melodist #297

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #336

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The New Alleluia #218b

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The New York Choralist #97b

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #343a

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d796

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