Humbled and Silenced by Mercy

Once perishing in blood I lay

Author: John Newton
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Once perishing in blood I lay,
Creatures no help could give;
But Jesus passed me in the way,
He saw, and bid me live.

2 O, can I e'er that day forget,
When Jesus kindly spoke!
"Poor soul, my blood has paid thy debt,
And now I break thy yoke.

3 "Behold I take thee for my own,
And give myself to thee;
Forsake the idols thou hast known,
And yield thyself to me."

4 Ah worthless heart! it promised fair,
And said it would be thine;
I little thought it e'er would dare,
Again with idols join.

5 Lord, dost thou such back-slidings heal,
And pardon all that's past?
Sure, if I am not made of steel,
I shall relent at last

6 My tongue, which rashly spoke before,
Thy mercy will restrain;
Surely I now shall boast no more,
Nor censure, nor complain.

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 >

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First Line: Once perishing in blood I lay
Title: Humbled and Silenced by Mercy
Author: John Newton
Language: English



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