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The Lord, Our Salvation And Light

For The Close Of The Year

Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

Source: John Newton, Olney Hymns. London: W. Oliver, 1779, Book II, Hymn #41.

Meter: 8,8,8,8a


1 Sam 7:12
"Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us."

1. The LORD, our salvation and light,
The guide and the strength of our days;
Has brought us together, tonight,
A new Ebenezer to raise:
The year, we have now passed through,
His goodness with blessings has crowned;
Each morning his mercies were new,
Then let our thanksgivings abound.

2. Encompassed with dangers and snares,
Temptations, and fears, and complaints;
His ear he inclined to our prayers,
His hand opened wide to our wants:
We never besought him in vain,
When burdened with sorrow or sin,
He helped us again and again,
Or where, before now, had we been?

3. His gospel, throughout the long year,
From Sabbath to Sabbath he gave;
How oft has he met with us here,
And shown himself mighty to save?
His candlestick has been removed
From churches once privileged thus;
But, though we unworthy have proved,
It still is continued to us.

4. For so many mercies received,
Alas! what returns have we made?
His Spirit we often have grieved,
And evil, for good, have repaid:
How well it becomes us to cry,
O, who is a GOD like to thee?
Who passest iniquities by,
And plungest them deep in the sea!

5. To JESUS, who sits on the throne,
Our best hallelujahs we bring;
To thee it is owing alone,
That we are permitted to sing:
Assist us, we pray, to lament
The sins of the year that is past;
And grant that the next may be spent
Far more to thy praise than the last.


Hymns on this site by John Newton:

For more information, see:

CCEL, The Olney Hymns (

Rodney Canete, The Olney Hymns by John Newton. Brown University, 1997. (

Al Rogers, Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton (

The Cyberhymnal, John Newton (

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