Sight, hearing, felling, taste and smell

Sight, hearing, felling, taste and smell

Author: John Newton
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 Sight, hearing, feeling, taste and smell,
Are gifts we highly prize;
But these may downward lead to hell,
While faith to heaven doth rise.

2 More piercing than the eagle's sight,
Faith views the world unknown:
Surveys the glorious realms of light,
And Jesus on the throne.

3 It hears the mighty voice of God,
And ponders what he saith;
His word and works, his gifts and rod,
Have each a voice to faith.

4 It feels the touch of heavenly power,
And from the boundless source,
Derives fresh vigor every hour
To run its daily course.

5 The truth and goodness of the LORD
Are suited to its tasks;
Mean is the worldling's pampered board,
To faith's perpetual feast.

6 Till saving faith possess the mind,
In vain of sense we boast;
We are but senseless, tasteless, blind,
And deaf, and dead, and lost.

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: Sight, hearing, felling, taste and smell
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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