“In Evil Long I Took Delight”

While I was transferring posts from my old site, I came across this classic hymn by John Newton that I posted last year.  It is one of the Olney Hymns, co-authored by John Newton and William Cowper. Hope it blesses you as it did me.

In evil long I took delight
Unawed by shame or fear;
Till a new object struck my sight
And stopped my wild career.
I saw one hanging on a tree
In agonies and blood;
Who fixed his languid eyes on me
As near his cross I stood.

Sure never till my latest breath
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with his death
Though not a word he spoke.
My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair;
I saw my sins his blood had spilt
And helped to nail him there.

Alas, I knew not what I did
But now my tears are vain;
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain.
A second look he gave which said
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid
I died that thou mayest live.”

Thus while his death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue;
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too.
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled;
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by him I killed.

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6 thoughts on ““In Evil Long I Took Delight”

  1. He is a wonderful writer. I have been reading the book “Captured by Grace” by David Jeremiah in which he compares the life of John Newton with the life of Paul. It has been interesting to learn more about John Newton. Thanks for sharing this song.

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