Balaam’s Wish ( A John Newton Poem )

17 May
Balaam’s Wish ( A John Newton Poem )

How blest the righteous are
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.

Oh! let me die, said he,
The death the righteous do;
When life is ended let me be
Found with the faithful few.

The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.

But Balaam’s wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.

He seemed the Lord to know,
And to offend him loth;
But Mammon proved his overthrow,
For none can serve them both.

May you, my friends, and I,
Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.

John Newton


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3 responses to “Balaam’s Wish ( A John Newton Poem )


    May 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this


  2. chaya1957

    June 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Someone should write a poem about what the donkey was wishing 🙂


    • Levi Thetford

      June 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

      I nominate you, lol. I’m not a poet. I’m sorry I haven’t been on your blog for awhile. I have been looking and found you last night. Hope everything is good with you.



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