Precious Bible, what a treasure

Precious Bible, what a treasure

Author: John Newton
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1.
Precious Bible, what a treasure,
Does the word of God afford!
All I want for life or pleasure,
Food or medicine, shield or sword.
Let the world account me poor,
Having this, I want no more.

2.
Food to which the world's a stranger,
Here my hungry soul enjoys;
Of excess there is no danger,
Though it fills, it never cloys.
On a dying Christ I feed,
He is meat and drink indeed.



Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #311

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: Precious Bible, what a treasure
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Precious Bible! what a treasure. J. Newton. [Holy Scriptures.] Published in his Twenty Six Letters, &c. By Omicron, 1774, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, “The Word of God more precious than Gold." It was repeated in R. Conyers's Collection, 1774, No. 276, and again in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii., No. 63. It is found in a few modern hymnbooks.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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