Why should I fear the darkest hour

Why should I fear the darkest hour

Author: John Newton
Published in 39 hymnals

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1 Why should I fear the darkest hour,
Or tremble at the tempter’s power?
Jesus vouchsafes to be my tower.

2 When creature comforts fade and die,
Worldlings may weep, but why should I?
Jesus still lives, and still is nigh.

3 Though all the flocks and herds were dead,
My soul a famine need not dread,
For Jesus is my living bread.

4 I know not what may soon betide,
Or how my wants shall be supplied;
But Jesus knows, and will provide.

5 Though sin would fill me with distress,
The throne of grace I dare address,
For Jesus is my righteousness.

6 Though faint my prayers, and cold my love,
My steadfast hope shall not remove,
While Jesus intercedes above.

7 Against me earth and hell combine;
But on my side is power divine;
Jesus is all, and He is mine.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11925

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: Why should I fear the darkest hour
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Why should I fear the darkest hour? J. Newton. [Jesus All and in All.] Printed in the Gospel Magazine, June, 1771 in 8 stanzas of 3 lines, headed "In uno Jesu omnia," and signed "Omicron." It was included in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 46, with the heading “Jesus my All." It has passed into a large number of hymn-books both old and new. It is usually abbreviated. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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