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See how the worthless bramble stands

See how the worthless bramble stands

Author: John Newton
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

1 See how the worthless bramble stands
Beneath a burning sky;
Withered and parched in barren sands,
And only grows to die.

2 Such is the sinner's awful case,
Who makes the world his trust;
And dares his confidence to place
In vanity and dust.

3 A secret curse destroys his root,
And dries his moisture up;
He lives a while, but bears no fruit,
Then dies without a hope.

4 But happy he whose hopes depend
Upon the Lord alone;
The soul that trusts in such a friend
Can ne'er be overthrown.

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

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 >

Text Information

First Line: See how the worthless bramble stands
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Christian Melodies #73

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Christian Melodies #73

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Hymns of the Advent #232

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Hymns of the Morning #232

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CXLVII

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CXLVII

The Old Baptist Hymn Book #d241

Village Hymns #d468

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #36

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #36

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #36

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