Come My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare

A little while ago I visited the Newton & Cowper museum in the little village of Olney (about 10 miles from where I live). Olney is beautiful and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. You can get a nice bite to eat or a coffee, see where John Newton lived, go into his church and see his pulpit, then visit the museum. Two highlights of the museum for me were seeing the little wooden shed where Newton, Cowper, and Bull would smoke their pipes, and picking up a facsimile copy of the first edition (1779) of Newton’s Olney Hymns. Newton would write a hymn regularly to accompany his sermon, and the first section of the book contains hymns that cover a significant amount of Old and New Testaments. The hymn pictured below covers the story of Cain and Abel. I love the last verse:

‘Thus Jesus fell – but oh! his blood

Far better things than Abel’s cries:

Obtains his murd’rers peace with God,

And gains them mansions in the skies

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