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Short poem

John Newton (1725-1807)

Faith's Review and Expectation

              1AMAZING grace! (how sweet the sound!)
              2    That sav'd a wretch like me!
              3I once was lost, but now am found;
              4    Was blind, but now I see.

              5'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
              6    And grace my fears reliev'd;
              7How precious did that grace appear,
              8    The hour I first believ'd!

              9Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
            10    I have already come;
            11'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
            12    And grace will lead me home.

            13The Lord has promis'd good to me,
            14    His word my hope secures;
            15He will my shield and portion be,
            16    As long as life endures.

            17Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
            18    And mortal life shall cease;
            19I shall possess, within the veil,
            20    A life of joy and peace.

            21This earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
            22    The sun forbear to shine;
            23But God, who call'd me here below,
            24    Will be for ever mine.


1] Based on 1 Chron. 17:16-17, "Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, `Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? And thiswas a small thing in thy eyes, O God; thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future generations, O Lord God!'" David refers to the promise made in 2 Samuel 7: 11, "Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house."

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: John Newton, Olney Hymns, in Three Books, 5th edn. (London: J. Buckland and J. Johnson, 1788). Book I, no. 41, p. 43. BV 370 N48 1788 Victoria College Library.
First publication date: 1779
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: 15 February 1779
Composition date note: at Olney, Buckinghamshire, when Newton signed the preface to the book of hymns
Rhyme: abab

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