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The book of nature open lies

The book of nature open lies

Author: John Newton
Published in 14 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The book of nature open lies,
With much instruction stored;
But till the Lord anoints our eyes,
We cannot read a word.

2 The knowledge of the saints excels
The wisdom of the schools;
To them his secrets God reveals,
Tho' men account them fools.

3 To them the sun and stars on high,
The flowers that paint the field,
And all the artless birds that fly,
Divine instruction yield.

4 The creatures on their senses press,
As witnesses to prove
Their Savior's power and faithfulness,
His providence and love.

5 Thus may we study nature's book,
To make us wise indeed!
And pity those who only look
At what they cannot read.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: The book of nature open lies
Author: John Newton
Language: English



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #XXVI

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #XXVI

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #35

Hymns for Children and Young Persons. First Am. from the London ed. #d118

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 4th ed. #d179

Old School Sonnets, or a Selection of Choice Hymns #d224

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (14th stereotype ed.) #S1

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #S1

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d840

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The Baptist Hymn Book #396

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (7th ed.) #S1

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