13048. When Any Turn From Zion's Way

1 When any turn from Zion’s way,
(Alas! what numbers do!)
Methinks I hear my Savior say,
"Wilt thou forsake Me too?"

2 Ah Lord! with such a heart as mine,
Unless Thou hold me fast;
I feel I must, I shall decline,
And prove like them at last.

3 Yet Thou alone hast power, I know,
To save a wretch like me;
To whom, or whither, could I go,
If I should turn from Thee?

4 Beyond a doubt I rest assured
Thou art the Christ of God;
Who hast eternal life secured
By promise and by blood.

5 The help of men and angels joined,
Could never reach my case;
Nor can I hope relief to find,
But in Thy boundless grace.

6 No voice but Thine can give me rest,
And bid my fears depart;
No love but Thine can make me blest,
And satisfy my heart.

7 What anguish has that question stirred,
If I will also go?
Yet, Lord, relying on Thy Word,
I humbly answer, "No!"

Text Information
First Line: When any turn from Zion’s way
Title: When Any Turn From Zion's Way
Author: John Newton
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: George Nelson Allen (1844)
Meter: CM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Social and Sabbath Hymn Book 1844
Copyright: Public Domain

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