Olney Hymns Book 3 Hymn 93

Remember us, we pray thee, Lord...

Manuscript Hymn No. Before Sermon: 5

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Hymn 93
Psalm 106:4,5

Remember us, we pray thee, Lord,
With those who love thy gracious name;
And to our souls that good afford,
Thy promise has prepared for them.

To us thy great salvation show,
Give us a taste of love divine;
That we thy people's joy may know,
And in their holy triumph join.

Psalm 106:4,5
Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; 5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

John Newton bw better 150 x 55

  Short Hymns

Thursday 28 January 1779: ‘I finished transcribing the Hymns, only that I have a few short ones to make, suited to the introduction and conclusion of divine worship.’

The last hymn dated in Newton’s diary, No. 334, was written for 1 January 1779, which may also have been the date for No. 335. But judging from their sequence in his ms notebook, some may have been written prior to that, possibly from around November 1778.

With no certainty of dates, some perhaps pertinent quotes:

Wednesday 10 February 1779   
The Fast Day

Very far, my Lord, was I, from a temper and disposition suited to the day. My part in the service seemed much constrained, and to lie upon my invention. My judgement was convinced but my heart unfeeling. Yet I hope Thou didst enable me to deliver what might be useful to others. In the evening I had much liberty in speaking. May an answer to the prayers of thy people, and good effects of the preaching of thy servants on this day be visible throughout the land!
Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

Sunday 20 December 1778
Mr Robinson preached afternoon and evening – at my request without notes, and he preached well. I praise thee for fixing him in thy service at Leicester. May he long be there a burning and a shining light. Mr R’s texts were Galatians 4:4, Philippians 4:4 [Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.]

See also two hymns entitled Remember me, not included in Olney Hymns.

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Hymn: MS Eng 1317, Houghton Library, Harvard University
Diary: John Newton Collection, CO199, Princeton University

Marylynn Rouse, 12/09/2013