Scripture Verse

I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:25–27


John Newton (1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 2, num­ber 28. Paul’s farewell charge.

Music: La­fay­ette John B. Her­bert, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John B. Herbert (1852–1927)


When Paul was parted from his friends
It was a weeping day;
But Je­sus made them all amends,
And wiped their tears away.

Ere long they met again, with joy,
Secure no more to part,
Where praises every tongue employ,
And pleasure fills each heart.

Thus all the preachers of His grace
Their children soon shall meet;
Together see their Sav­ior’s face,
And worship at His feet.

But they who heard the Word in vain,
Though oft, and plainly, warned;
Will tremble, when they meet again
The ministers they scorned.

On your own heads your blood will fall
If any perish here;
The preachers, who have told you all,
Shall stand approved, and clear.

Yet, Lord, to save themselves alone,
Is not their utmost view;
Oh hear their prayer, Thy message own,
And save their hearers, too.