'Tis a point I long to know

'Tis a point I long to know

Author: John Newton
Tune: CHASE
Published in 264 hymnals

Representative Text

1 'Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought,
Do I love the Lord, or no?
Am I His, or am I not?

2 When I turn mine eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild:
Fill'd with unbelief and sin,
Can I deem myself a child?

3 Lord, decide the doubtful case!
Thou who art Thy people's sun,
Since upon Thy work of grace,
If it be indeed begun.

4 Let me love Thee more and more,
If I love at all, I pray:
If I have not loved before,
Help me to begin to-day.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #452

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: 'Tis a point I long to know
Author: John Newton
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

'Tis a point I long to know. J. Newton. [In Doubt and Fear.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 119, in 9 st of 4 lines. It is in common use in an abbreviated form, and opening with the first line as above. In some collections it begins, "Lord, my God, I long to know"; and in others, "Could my heart so hard remain" (stanza iii.). These altered forms of the text are in use principally in America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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