The Olney Hymns

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

The Hidden Life


To tell the Savior all my wants, how pleasing is the task

Nor less to praise him when he grants beyond what I can ask

Beyond what I can ask


My lab’ring spirit vainly seeks to tell but half the joy

With how much tenderness he speaks and helps me to reply

He helps me to reply


            But with this boldness I proclaim

            Nor care if thousands hear

            Sweet is the ointment of His name

            There’s nothing half so dear, there’s nothing half so dear


And can you frown, my former friends who knew what once I was

And blame this song that thus commends the man who bore the cross

The man who bore the cross