What contradictions meet

What contradictions meet

Author: John Newton
Published in 37 hymnals

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1 What contradictions meet
In ministers employ!
It is a bitter sweet
A sorrow full of joy:
No other post affords a place
For equal honor, or disgrace!

2 Who can describe the pain
Which faithful preachers feel;
Constrained to speak, in vain,
To hearts as hard as steel?
Or who can tell the pleasures felt,
When stubborn hearts begin to melt?

3 The Savior's dying love,
The soul's amazing worth,
Their utmost efforts move,
And draw their bowels forth:
They pray and strive, their rest departs,
Till Christ be formed in sinners hearts.

4 If some small hope appear,
They still are not content;
But with a jealous fear,
They watch for the event;
Too oft they find their hopes deceived,
Then, how their inmost souls are grieved!

5 But when their pain succeed,
And from the tender blade
The ripening ears proceed,
Their toils are overpaid:
No harvest joy can equal theirs,
To find the fruit of all their cares.

6 On what has now been sown
Thy blessing, Lord bestow;
The power is thine alone,
To make it spring and grow;
Do thou the gracious harvest raise,
And thou, alone, shalt have the praise.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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 tumul¬≠tuous 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 √† 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 >

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First Line: What contradictions meet
Author: John Newton
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of Christians #IX

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #252

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d534

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCLIV

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCLIV

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #306

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Evangelical Hymns #447

General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d346

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d403

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #B111

Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d308

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Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed. corr.) #8

Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians #d273

Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d299

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #558

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Hymns, Selected and Original #558

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Hymns #558

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d589

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The Christian Harmonist #246

The Christian Hymn Book #d670

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d672

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The Christian's Duty #CCCVI

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCCVI

The Church Hymn Book #d1103

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #CLXXIII

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The Psalmody #789

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The Young Christian's Companion #51

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The Young Christian's Companion. 2nd ed. #a51

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