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Re: Elder Frederick Swint
Posted by: Don Clark (ID *****0424) Date: February 07, 2005 at 19:02:40
In Reply to: Re: John Swint died 1801 in SC, Baptist by Becky Smith of 183

Elder Frederick Swint, early Chambers County, Alabama Baptist minister, was one of four ministers who comprised the presbytery when Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church was organized on August 4, 1837.

Photographs of the old church can be seen at this site:

Elder Frederick Swint composed the following poetry that was included in Benjamin Lloyd's "Primitive Hymns", published in 1841:

Page 694. Written in Long Meter.

1. My brethren dear, hear me relate
The troubles I have seen of late;
The sorrows I have waded through,
Only my God and Christ can know.

2. My heart with sorrow is cast down;
My brethren on me cast a frown;*
Which often makes my fear and doubt,
The Lord has never called me out.

3. I do go mourning every day,
And feel like some poor castaway;
Which makes me often doubt the call,
Or whether I am called at all.

4. I have been tempted oft of late,
By the great tempter of my soul,
From the church of Christ to turn away,
And treat them all as they treat me.

5. But my poor heart was then so hard,
'Twas not one tear that I could shed;
One look from Christ did melt it down,
And made me love the church again.

6. Now, my dear brethren, I confess
That this indeed has been the case;
Thanks be to God, who brought relief,
In and through Christ's own righteousness.

*This hymn was composed by Rev. F. Swint, formerly a member of the Darien Church, Ga., in view of the discord produced by the introduction of the religious societies in the churches.

Since 1841, this hymnal has been continuously used in the services at Mount Pisgah Church.

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