John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 127
Darkness overspreads us here,|
But the night wears fast away;
Jacob's star will soon appear,
Leading on eternal day!
Now 'tis time to rouse from sleep,
Trim our lamps and stand prepared;
For our Lord strict watch to keep,
Lest he find us off our guard.
2. Let his people courage take,
3. Though already saved, by grace,|
From the hour we first believed;
Yet while sin and war have place,
We have but a part received:
Still we for salvation wait,
Every hour it nearer comes!
Death will break the prison gate,
And admit us to our homes.
4. Sinners, what can you expect?
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