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Poem by John Newton


The Change


Saviour shine and cheer my soul,
Bid my dying hopes revive;
Make my wounded spirit whole,
Far away the tempter drive:
Speak the word and set me free,
Let me live alone to thee.

Shall I sigh and pray in vain,
Wilt thou still refuse to hear;
Wilt thou not return again,
Must I yield to black despair?
Thou hast taught my heart to pray,
Canst thou turn thy face away?

Once I thought my mountain strong,
Firmly fixed no more to move;
Then thy grace was all my song,
Then my soul was filled with love:
Those were happy golden days,
Sweetly spent in prayer and praise.

When my friends have said, Beware,
Soon or late you'll find a change;
I could see no cause for fear,
Vain their caution seemed and strange:
Not a cloud obscured my sky,
Could I think a tempest nigh?

Little, then, myself I knew,
Little thought of Satan's pow'r;
Now I find their words were true,
Now I feel the stormy hour!
Sin has put my joys to flight,
Sin has changed my day to night.

Satan asks, and mocks my woe,
Boaster, where is now your God?
Silence, Lord, this cruel foe,
Let him know I'm bought with blood:
Tell him, since I know thy name,
Though I change thou art the same. 



John Newton


John Newton's other poems:
  1. The Disciples at Sea
  2. Zion, or the City of God
  3. The Hiding Place
  4. Hay-time
  5. Praise for the Incarnation


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hardy The Change ("Out of the past there rises a week") Jan.ЦFeb. 1913
  • Abraham Cowley The Change ("Love in her Sunny Eyes does basking play")
  • Henry King, Bishop of Chichester The Change ("We lov'd as friends now twenty years and more")

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