Olney Hymns Book 3 Hymn 101

May the grace of Christ our Saviour...

Manuscript Hymn No. After Sermon: 2

s May the Grace


Hymn 101
2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of Christ our Saviour
And the Father's boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit's favour,
Rest upon us from above!
Thus may we abide in union
With each other, and the Lord;
And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys which earth cannot afford.

2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

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!
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

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

Marylynn Rouse, 12/09/2013