Scripture Verse

Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! Numbers 23:10

Introduction

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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 20. Ba­laam’s wish.

Music: Le­o­min­ster George W. Mar­tin, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mar­tin (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

How blest the righteous are
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.
Oh! let me die, said he,
The death the righteous do;
When life is ended let me be
Found with the faithful few.

The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.
But Balaam’s wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.

He seemed the Lord to know,
And to offend Him loth;
But Mammon proved his overthrow,
For none can serve them both.
May you, my friends, and I,
Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.