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Hymn 90

John Newton


The Lodestone.


As needles point towards the pole,

When touched by the magnetic stone;

So faith in JESUS, gives the soul

A tendency before unknown.

Till then, by blinded passions led,

In search of fancied good we range;

The paths of disappointment tread,

To nothing fixed, but love of change.

But when the Holy Ghost imparts

A knowledge of the Savior’s love;

Our wand’ring, weary, restless hearts,

Are fixed at once, no more to move.

Now a new principle takes place,

Which guides and animates the will;

This love, another name for grace,

Constrains to good, and bars from ill.

By love’s sure light we soon perceive

Our noblest bliss, and proper end;

And gladly every idol leave,

To love and serve our Lord and Friend.

Thus borne along by faith and hope,

We feel the Savior’s words are true;

“And I, if I be lifted up,

Jn 7:32

Will draw the sinner upward too.”

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