Humble Confidence

Lord, I cannot let Thee go

Author: John Newton
Published in 166 hymnals

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1 Lord! I cannot let thee go,
Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine's an urgent, pressing case.

2 Once a sinner, near despair,
Sought thy mercy-seat by prayer;
Mercy heard and set him free
Lord! that mercy came to me.

3 Many days have passed since then,
Many changes I have seen;
Yet have been upheld till now,
Who could hold me up but thou?

4 Thou hast helped in every need
This emboldens me to plead;
After so much mercy past,
Canst thou let me sink at last?

5 No--I must maintain my hold;
'Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
Since I plead for Jesus' sake.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #61

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, I cannot let Thee go
Title: Humble Confidence
Author: John Newton
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

The Baptist Hymnal #404


The Cyber Hymnal #3732

The Sacred Harp #74b

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