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Beside the gospel pool,

The Pool of Bethesda
John Chap. v. 2—1

Poet: John Newton, 1779
Meter: Short Meter (6,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Beside the gospel pool,
Appointed for the poor,
From year to year my helpless soul
Has waited for a cure.

The Gospel Pool 34t, Stanza 1

How often have I seen
The healing waters move;
And other, round me, stepping in,
Their efficacy prove?

But my complaints remain;
I feel the very same;
As full of guilt, and fear, and pain,
As when at first I came.

O would the Lord appear
My malady to heal;
He knows how long I’ve languish’d here,
And what distress I feel.

How often have I thought
Why should I longer lie?
Surely the mercy I have sought
Is not for such as I?

But whither can I go?
There is no other pool
Where streams of sov’reign virtue flow
To make a sinner whole.

The Gospel Pool 34t, Stanza 2

Here then, from day to day,
I’ll wait, and hope, and try;
Can Jesus hear a sinner pray,
Yet suffer him to die?

No: he is full of grace;
He never will permit
A soul that fain would see his face,
To perish at his feet.

Newton, John, and William Cowper. Olney Hymns in Three Books. 6th ed. London: J. Johnson, 1797.