John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 12
When Joseph his brethren beheld,|
Afflicted and trembling with fear;
His heart with compassion was filled,
From weeping he could not forbear.
Awhile his behavior was rough,
To bring their past sin to their mind;
But when they were humbled enough,
He hasted to show himself kind.
2. How little they thought it was he,
3. Though greatly distressed before,
4. Thus dragged by my conscience, I came,|
And laden with guilt, to the Lord;
Surrounded with terror and shame,
Unable to utter a word.
At first he looked stern and revere,
What anguish then pierced my heart!
Expecting each moment to hear
The sentence, Thou cursed, depart!
5. But O! what surprise when he spoke,
6. I am Jesus, whom thou hast blasphemed,
7. Go, publish to sinners around,|
That they may be willing to come,
The mercy which now you have found,
And tell them that yet there is room.
O, sinners, the message obey!
No more vain excuses pretend;
But come, without farther delay,
To Jesus our brother and friend.
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