Faith's Review and Expectation

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.
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." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.