How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

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This is an hymn by John Newton, first published in Olney Hymns, 1779, as Hymn 57, entitled, The Name of Jesus.

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How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
 In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
 And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
 And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
 And to the weary, rest.

Dear name, the rock on which I build,
 My shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treasury, filled
 With boundless stores of grace!


By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,
 Although with sin defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
 And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my shepherd, husband, friend,
 My prophet, priest and King,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end,
 Accept the praise I bring.

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.


Till then I would Thy love proclaim
 With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy name
 Refresh my soul in death!

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