Occasionally I like to read hymns as poetry; there’s something about the older English and style of writing which is somewhat refreshing and slows my spirit. Maybe there’s also some nostalgia attached to it as I sang many of these hymns when I was younger, growing up in church. Anyway, here are five selections from my favourite hymns – I hope they bring you the peace they do to me.

John Newton, Begone, Unbelief

Begone, unbelief,
My Savior is near,
And for my relief
Will surely appear;
By prayer let me wrestle,
And He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel,
I smile at the storm.

Eliza Edmunds Hewitt, My Faith has Found a Resting Place

I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

Thomas Obediah Chisholm, Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

William Cowper, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

John Newton, Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

The Lord hath promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.

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