Why should I fear the darkest hour
Why should I fear the darkest hour. John Newton* (1725- 1807).
According to JJ, p. 1279, this was published in the Gospel Magazine for June 1771, signed ‘Omicron’, with the title ‘In uno Jesu omnia’. It was then included in Olney Hymns (1779), Book III, ‘On the Rise, Progress, Changes, and Comforts of the Spiritual Life’, where it was Hymn XLVI, with the title ‘Jesus my all’. It was in the ‘Comfort’ section, hymns XLIII to LVIII. It had eight 3-line stanzas, with one misprint (‘interceedes’, stanza 7, corrected in the Second Edition, 1781):
Why should I fear the darkest hour, Or tremble at the tempter’s pow’r? Jesus vouchsafes to be my tow’r.
Tho’ hot the fight; why quit the field?...
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