Begone, unbelief

Begone, unbelief,
  My Savior is near,
And for my relief
  Will surely appear;
By prayer let me wrestle,
  And He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel,
  I smile at the storm.
Though dark be my way,
  Since He is my Guide,
’Tis mine to obey,
  ’Tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken,
  And creatures all fail,
The word He hath spoken
  Shall surely prevail.
His love, in time past,
  Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last
  In trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer
  I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure
  To help me quite through.
Why should I complain
  Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?
  He told me no less;
The heirs of salvation,
  I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation
  Must follow their Lord.
How bitter that cup
  No heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up,
  That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher
  And darker than mine;
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer,
  And shall I repine?
Since all that I meet
  Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
  The medicine, food;
Though painful at present,
  ’Twill cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant
  The conqueror’s song!
Reid Wiles

Accra, Ghana

This cup that I drink

Is heavy and tart

I wonder and think

Why I must be part

But then I remember

He gave me His all

So I like my Jesus

Will answer God's call

Adedayo James

London, United Kingdom

What a wonderful and inspiring song. I have known it since my childhood and it has been a refreshing companion ever since. The words of it - how heavy, how spiritual, how true! The composer, like many Hymn writers, truly had the precious Old-Time faith, which our present fast-paced and light world lacks. How I love the song!

Joseph Ato-biney

Winneba, Ghana

What a hymn! Very poetic to the core! The words of this hymn give much assurance that when I listen to it my eyes are filled with tears. I have been through many trials and temptations like any true child of God will have to experience, yet this hymn has been a favourite and I give the Almighty, Omnipotent God, the El-Shadai all the glory for the writer of this song, that is, a British, John Newton. I like the rendition of the Winneba Youth Choir. It is very moving!


A very encouraging hymn. It is fast becoming my favourite. I have sung it 10x already today.

Belinda Johnstone

Bromley, Kent, United Kingdom

To remember that God is always near, gives us such great relief. The words of "Be gone, unbelief, my Saviour is near" is a constant reminder of why CHRIST died for us all especially for my family and I. So when troubles come make a conscious effort to smile at the storm.

Akosua Achiaa

United Kingdom

The word of God tells us that in this world there shall be tribulations. But we must be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. This hymn sums it all up and I sing on relying on the unfailing assurance my Lord Jesus has given me.

Tom And Corinne Palmer

Sanford, Florida, United States

My wife and I have sung this remarkable song for many years, both in times of discouragement or times of joy. It has spoken to us and encouraged us many times to be looking to Him and not to our seemingly impossible circumstances in our missionary work in Papua New Guinea. I am not sure of the author, or where we learned it, probably from our British co-workers. I think it is of British origin.

alan labor

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Hymn singing is a favourite hobby amongst the Christian inhabitants of the city of Fretown in Sierra Leone (one of the oldest cities of western civilization and Christianity) with their long history of slavery and freedom. Begone unbelief is quite popular, it speaks of assurance each stanza of it! What a lovely hymn, one of my grandmother's favourite! With tears of joy I sing it always and it indeed strengthens my faith especially when things go wrong. Let us sing on!

Brenda Deleveaux

Nassau NP, Bahamas

When I awoke on 03/30/09, the Holy Spirit brought this song to me very forcefully all I knew was the first line and it was very encouraging and uplifting at the time.

James Osborne

United States

The tune of this song seemed so familiar. Then I realized that it was the same tune to "O Worship The King." It does make a very regal statement when sung and played.