John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 141
When the beloved disciple took|
The angels' little open book,
Which by the Lord's command he eat,
It tasted bitter after sweet.
2. Thus when the gospel is embraced,
3. What sweetness does the promise yield,
4. By these inviting tastes allured,|
We pass to what must be endured;
For soon we find it is decreed,
That bitter must to sweet succeed.
5. When sin revives and shows its pow'r.
6. When thus deserted, tempest-tossed,
7. The Lord first makes the sweetness known,|
To win and fix us far his own;
And though we now some bitter meet,
We hope for everlasting sweet.
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