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."
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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 note: at Olney, Buckinghamshire, when Newton signed the preface to the book of hymns
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