Scripture Verse

Wilt Thou not revive us again, that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? Psalm 85:6


John Newton

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 2, num­ber 51. Prayer for ministers.

Music: Rath­bun Ith­a­mar Con­key, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ithamar Conkey

In his youth Mr. New­ton was em­ployed in plant­ing lime and lem­on trees on a plan­ta­tion in Af­ri­ca. One day his mas­ter sneer­ing­ly said to him, Who knows but by the time these trees grow up and bear, you may go home to Eng­land, ob­tain the com­mand of a ship, and re­turn to reap the fruit of your la­bor?

John New­ton real­ly did re­turn, in com­mand of a ship, and with some hope of heav­en in his heart, and saw the trees he had plant­ed grown up and bear­ing fruit.

Sankey, p. 336


Savior, visit Thy plantation,
Grant us, Lord, a gracious rain!
All will come to desolation,
Unless Thou return again.

Keep no longer at a distance,
Shine upon us from on high;
Lest, for want of Thine assistance;
Every plant would droop and die.

Surely, once Thy garden flourished,
Every part looked gay and green;
Then Thy Word our spirits nourished,
Happy seasons we have seen!

But a drought has since succeeded,
And a sad decline we see;
Lord, Thy help is greatly needed,
Help can only come from Thee.

Where are those we counted leaders,
Filled with zeal, and love, and truth?
Old professors, tall as cedars,
Bright examples to our youth!

Some, in whom we once delighted,
We shall meet no more below;
Some, alas! we fear are blighted,
Scarce a single leaf they show.

Younger plants—the sight how pleasant,
Covered thick with blossoms stood;
But they cause us grief at present,
Frosts have nipped them in the bud!

Dearest Savior, hasten hither,
Thou canst make them bloom again;
O, permit them not to wither,
Let not all our hopes be vain!

Let our mutual love be fervent,
Make us prevalent in prayers;
Let each one esteemed Thy servant,
Shun the world’s bewitching snares.

Break the tempter’s fatal power,
Turn the stony heart to flesh;
And begin, from this good hour,
To revive Thy work afresh.