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Lovest Thou Me?

'Tis a point I long to know

Author: John Newton
Tune: CHASE
Published in 273 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

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: 'Tis a point I long to know
Title: Lovest Thou Me?
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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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors #297

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d160

A Collection of Evergreen Hymns, for All the People. New ed. #d148

A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d124

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A Collection of original and select hymns and spiritual songs #CXXII

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #394

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d298

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A Manual of Devotion for Soldiers and Sailors #34

A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d322

A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d156

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #601

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A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes #317

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d500

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d308

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A Selection of Favorite Conference Hymns with Historical Sketches of Church History #4

A Selection of Hymns #d292

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d215

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d204

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.LV

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.LV

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #250

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A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #210

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d391

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d230

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A Selection of Hymns #225

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #285

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CCLXXXV

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #285

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #499

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American Sunday School Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #a265

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American Sunday School Hymn Book. New ed. #aa265

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Baptist Hymn Book #aB48

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #452

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d932

Camp Meeting Hymn Book #d137

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Chapel Hymns #52

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Chapel Melodies #19

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d949

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #298

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Church Harmonies #434

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1068

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Church Poetry #244a

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Conference Hymns #168

Conference Hymns for Social Worship. 8th ed. #d134

Conference Hymns, Selected and Original. 3rd ed. #d125

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David's Companion #36b

Devotional Melodies, Adapted to Social Worship #d98

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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #33

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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #XXX

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #d157

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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #19

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #156

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Dyer's Psalmist #262

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Evangelical Hymns #101

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d263

Family Hymns #d250

General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d329

Gospel Melodies #d177

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d333

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #430

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #362

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #362

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d195

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d328

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #107

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d158

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #48

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d188

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d115

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #S35

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d450

Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d296

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #454

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #454

Hymns for Conference Meetings and Private Devotions #d133

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