Scripture Verse

Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him, for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. Hebrews 12:5–6

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 135. Love-to­kens.

Music: Abridge Is­aac Smith, Col­lec­tion of Psalm Tunes in Three Parts 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Isaac Smith
1734–1805
National Portrait Gallery

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Lyrics

Afflictions do not come alone,
A voice at­tends the rod;
By both He to His saints is known,
A Fa­ther and a God!

Let not My child­ren slight the stroke
I for chas­tise­ment send;
Nor faint be­neath My kind re­buke,
For still I am their friend.

The wick­ed I per­haps may leave
Awhile, and not re­prove;
But all the child­ren I receive
I scourge, be­cause I love.

If there­fore you were left with­out
This need­ful dis­ci­pline;
You might, with cause, ad­mit a doubt,
If you, in­deed, were Mine.

Shall earth­ly par­ents then ex­pect
Their child­ren to submit?
And wilt not you, when I cor­rect,
Be hum­bled at My feet?

To please them­selves they oft chas­tise,
And put their sons to pain;
But you are pre­cious in My eyes,
And shall not smart in vain.

I see your hearts, at pre­sent, filled
With grief, and deep dis­tress;
But soon these bit­ter seeds shall yield
The fruits of right­eous­ness.

Break through the clouds, dear Lord, and shine!
Let us per­ceive Thee nigh!
And to each mourn­ing child of Thine
These gra­cious words ap­ply.