John Newton, well known for his involvement in the slave trade. Once a blasphemer and a libertine God took hold of him and change him into a wonderful man of God. With William Cowper he produced many hymns that have been a blessing to believers throughout the centuries. His most famous being ‘Amazing Grace’.
Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He, whose word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for his own abode:
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose;
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou may’st smile at all thy foes.
See, the streams of living waters
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst t’ assuage?
Grace which like the Lord, the giver,
Never fails from age to age.
Round each habitation hov’ring,
See the cloud and fire appear!
For a glory and a cov’ring
Showing that the Lord is near;
Thus deriving from our banner,
Light by night and shade by day;
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which he gives them when they pray.
Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in our Redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, Whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God:
‘Tis his love his people raises,
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, his solemn praises
Each for a thank-off’ring brings.
Saviour, if of Zion’s city
I, through grace, a member am;
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in thy name:
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
None but Zion’s children know.