Quiet, Lord, my froward heart

Quiet, Lord, my froward heart.  John Newton* (1725-1807). From Book III of Olney Hymns (1779), ‘On the Rise, Progress, Changes, and Comforts of the Spiritual Life.’ This hymn comes from Section V, ‘Dedication and Surrender’.  It was entitled ‘The Child (e)’. The ‘(e)’ points to two references at the foot of the page, Psalm 131: 2 (‘Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child’) and Matthew 18: 3-4 (‘Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven’). These...

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