Scripture Verse

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?@Psalm 118:6
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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, in the Gos­pel Ma­ga­zine, June 1771. The or­ig­in­al was head­ed with In uno Je­su om­nia, and signed Om­i­cron.

Music: St. Aidan Fran­cis R. Grey, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 199 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Why should I fear the darkest hour,
Or tremble at the tempter’s power?
Jesus vouchsafes to be my tower.

When creature comforts fade and die,
Worldlings may weep, but why should I?
Jesus still lives, and still is nigh.

Though all the flocks and herds were dead,
My soul a famine need not dread,
For Jesus is my living bread.

I know not what may soon betide,
Or how my wants shall be supplied;
But Jesus knows, and will provide.

Though sin would fill me with distress,
The throne of grace I dare address,
For Jesus is my righteousness.

Though faint my prayers, and cold my love,
My steadfast hope shall not remove,
While Jesus intercedes above.

Against me earth and hell combine;
But on my side is power divine;
Jesus is all, and He is mine.