The Olney Hymns

The words of John Newton & William Cowper with a fresh and new musical style

Sweet Was The Time


Sweet was the time when first I felt the saviors pardoning blood

Applied to cleanse my soul from guilt and bring me home to God

Soon as the morn the light revealed his praises tuned my tongue

And when the evening shades prevailed his love was all my song


In vain the tempter spread his wiles, the world no more could charm

I lived upon my saviors smiles and leaned upon his arm


In prayer my soul drew near the Lord and saw his glory shine

And when I read his holy word I called each promise mine

Then to his saints I often spoke of what his love had done

But now my heart is almost broke for all my joys are gone


Now when the evening shade prevails my soul in darkness mourns

And when the morn the light reveals no light to me returns

My prayers are now just noise for Jesus hides his face

I read the promise meets my eyes but will not reach my case


Now Satan threatens to prevail and make my soul his prey

Yet Lord thy mercies cannot fail, oh come without delay, oh come without delay

Oh come without delay