Last Lord’s Day, I closed the sermon with an impromptu reading of a poem by John Newton. In his “Olney Hymns” – Newton wrote a poem on every book of the Bible. Many books enjoyed more than one poem. This is the one he wrote in regard to the Song of Solomon. And it is sweet indeed. Enjoy!
SOLOMON’S SONG / The name of Jesus. Chap. 1:3
1 HOW sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary rest.
3 Dear name! the rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding place;
My never-failing treasury fill’d
With boundless stores of grace.
4 By thee my pray’rs acceptance gain,
Although with sin defil’d;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am own’d a child.
5 Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.
6 Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see thee as thou art,
I’ll praise thee as I ought.
7 ’Till then I would thy love proclaim
With ev’ry fleeting breath;
And may the music of thy name
Refresh my soul in death.
John Newton and Richard Cecil, The Works of John Newton, vol. 3 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 370.