What contradictions meet

What contradictions meet

Author: John Newton
Published in 36 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

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: What contradictions meet
Author: John Newton
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of Christians #IX

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

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: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #558

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #558

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d589

The Christian Hymn Book #d670

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d672

The Church Hymn Book #d1103

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #789

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The Young Christian's Companion #51

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