Scripture Verse

[Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Acts 7:55

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 120, alt. The death of Ste­phen.

Music: Ab­bots­ford Ca­tho­lische geist­liche Ge­sänge (An­der­nach, Ger­ma­ny: 1608) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

As some tall rock amidst the waves,
The fu­ry of the tem­pest braves;
While fierce the bil­lows, toil­ing high,
Break at its foot and mur­mur­ing die:

Thus they, who in the Lord con­fide,
Though foes as­sault on ev­ery side;
Cannot be moved or ov­er­thrown,
For Je­sus makes their cause His own.

So faith­ful Ste­phen, un­dis­mayed,
The mal­ice of the Jews sur­veyed;
The ho­ly joy which filled his breast
A lus­ter on his face im­pressed.

Behold! he said, the world of light
Is op­ened to my strength­ened sight;
My glo­ri­ous Lord app­ears in view,
That Je­sus, whom ye late­ly slew.

With such a friend and wit­ness near,
No form of death could make him fear;
Calm, midst the show­er of stones, he kneels,
And on­ly for his mur­der­ers feels.

May we, by faith, pe­rceive Thee thus,
Dear Sav­ior, ev­er near to us!
This fight, through life, our peace shall keep,
And death be feared no more than sleep.