1725-1807
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July 24, 1725, London, England.

December 21, 1807, London, England.

Originally at St. Mary Woolnoth Church, Lombard Street, London. In 1893, Newton and his wife Mary were reinterred in the southeast corner of the graveyard at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Olney.

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Newton’s mother died when he was seven years old. At age 11, with but two years schooling and only a rudimentary knowledge of Latin, he went to sea with his father. Life at sea was filled with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and a sailor’s recklessness. He grew into a godless and abandoned man. He was once flogged as a deserter from the navy, and for 15 months lived, half starved and ill treated, as a slave in Africa.

A chance reading of Thomas à Kempis sowed the seed of his conversion. It was accelerated by a night spent steering a waterlogged ship in the face of apparent death. He was then 23 years old. Over the next six years, during which he commanded a slave ship, his faith matured. He spent the next nine years mostly in Liverpool, studying Hebrew and Greek and mingling with Whitefield, Wesley, and the Nonconformists. He was eventually ordained, and became curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire, in 1764. His works include:

A marble plaque at St. Mary Woolnoth carried the epitaph which Newton himself wrote:

JOHN NEWTON, Clerk
Once an infidel and libertine
A servant of slaves in Africa,
Was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour
JESUS CHRIST,
restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach
the Gospel which he had long laboured to destroy.
He ministered,
Near sixteen years in Olney, in Bucks,
And twenty-eight years in this Church.

  1. Afflictions Do Not Come Alone
  2. Afflictions, Though They Seem Severe
  3. Ah, What Can I Do?
  4. Alas! By Nature How Depraved
  5. Alas! Elisha’s Servant Cried
  6. Although on Massy Pillars Built
  7. Amazing Grace
  8. Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat
  9. As Once for Jonah, So the Lord
  10. As Parched in the Barren Sands
  11. As Some Tall Rock Amidst the Waves
  12. As the Serpent Raised by Moses
  13. As the Sun’s Enlivening Eye
  14. As When the Weary Traveler Gains
  15. Be Still, My Heart! These Anxious Cares
  16. Before Elisha’s Gate
  17. Begone Unbelief
  18. Behold the Throne of Grace
  19. Believer, Free from Care, A
  20. Beneath the Tyrant Satan’s Yoke
  21. Beside the Gospel Pool
  22. Bitter, Indeed, the Waters Are
  23. Bleak Winter Is Subdued at Length
  24. Blinded in Youth by Satan’s Arts
  25. Book of Nature Open Lies, The
  26. By Faith in Christ I Walk with God
  27. By the Poor Widow’s Oil and Meal
  28. By Various Maxims, Forms and Rules
  29. Castle of the Human Heart, The
  30. Cheer Up, My Soul, There Is a Mercy-Seat
  31. Chief Shepherd of Thy Chosen Sheep
  32. Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare
  33. Confirm the Hope Thy Word Allows
  34. Constrained by Their Lord to Embark
  35. Could the Creatures Help or Ease Us
  36. Courage, My Soul! Behold the Prize
  37. Church a Garden Is, The
  38. Darkness Overspreads Us Here
  39. Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!
  40. Destruction’s Dangerous Road
  41. Does It Not Grief, and Wonder Move
  42. Does the Gospel Word Proclaim
  43. Elijah’s Example Declares
  44. Elisha, Struck with Grief and Awe
  45. Encouraged by Thy Word
  46. Ensnared, Too Long, My Heart Has Been
  47. Evils That Beset Our Path, The
  48. Father, Forgive, the Savior Said
  49. Father of Angels and of Men
  50. Father We Adore, The
  51. Fervent, Persevering Prayers
  52. Fix My Heart and Eyes on Thine!
  53. For a Season Called to Part
  54. For Mercies, Countless as the Sands
  55. Forest Beasts, That Live by Prey
  56. From Egypt Lately Freed
  57. From Pole to Pole Let Others Roam
  58. From Sheba a Distant Report
  59. Garden Contemplation Suits, A
  60. Gathering Clouds, with Aspect Dark, The
  61. Gladness Was Spread Through Israel’s Host
  62. Glance from Heav’n, with Sweet Effect, A
  63. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
  64. Glory to God, the Father’s Name
  65. God Who Once to Israel Spoke, The
  66. God, with One Piercing Glance, Looks Through
  67. Grass and Flowers Which Clothe the Field, The
  68. Great Shepherd of Thy Chosen Flock
  69. Happy Are They, to Whom the Lord
  70. Happy the Birth Where Grace Presides
  71. Hark! How Time’s Wide Sounding Bell
  72. He Who on Earth as Man Was Known
  73. Hear What the Lord, the Great Amen
  74. Here at Bethesda’s Pool
  75. Honey Though the Bee Prepares
  76. How Blest the Righteous Are
  77. How David, When by Sin Deceived
  78. How Hurtful Was the Choice of Lot
  79. How Kind the Good Samaritan
  80. How Lost Was My Condition
  81. How Soon the Savior’s Gracious Call
  82. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
  83. How Tedious and Tasteless
  84. How Welcome to the Saints, When Pressed
  85. Hungry, and Faint, and Poor
  86. I Am, Saith Christ, Our Glorious Head
  87. I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow
  88. I Thirst, but Not as Once I Did
  89. I Would, but Cannot Sing
  90. Ice and Snow We Lately Saw, The
  91. If for a Time the Air Be Calm
  92. If Paul in Caesar’s Court Must Stand
  93. If Solomon for Wisdom Prayed
    • And Dost Thou Say
  94. If the Lord Our Leader Be
  95. If to Jesus for Relief
  96. In Evil Long I Took Delight
  97. In Mercy, Not in Wrath, Rebuke
  98. In Themselves, as Weak as Worms
  99. In Vain My Fancy Strives to Paint
  100. Incarnate God! The Soul That Knows
  101. Jesus Christ, the Lord’s Anointed
  102. Jesus Is Mine! I’m Now Prepared
  103. Jesus, to What Didst Thou Submit
  104. Jesus, Who Bought Us with His Blood
  105. John in Vision Saw the Day
  106. Joy Is a Fruit That Will Not Grow
  107. Kindle, Savior, in My Heart
  108. Kindred in Christ, for His Dear Sake
  109. Kine Unguided Went, The
  110. Legion Was My Name by Nature
  111. Let Hearts and Tongues Unite
  112. Let Me Dwell on Golgotha
  113. Let Us Adore the Grace That Seeks
  114. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
  115. Let Worldly Minds the World Pursue
  116. Lion, Though by Nature Wild, A
  117. Lion That on Sampson Roared, The
  118. Lodestone, The
  119. Lord, Our Salvation and Light, The
  120. Lord, Thou Hast Won
  121. Lord, What Is Man! Extremes How Wide
  122. Manna Favored Israel’s Meat, The
  123. Manna to Israel Well Supplied
  124. Martha Her Love and Joy Expressed
  125. Mary to Her Savior’s Tomb
  126. May the Grace of Christ Our Savior
  127. Mercy, Oh Thou Son of David!
  128. Message First to Smyrna Sent, The
  129. Moon Has but a Borrowed Light, The
  130. Moon in Silver Glory Shone, The
  131. My Barns Are Full, My Stores Increase
  132. My Former Hopes Are Dead
  133. My God! How Perfect Are Thy Ways
  134. My Harp Untuned, and Laid Aside
    • While Thus to Grief My Soul Gave Way
  135. My Soul Is Beset
  136. My Soul Once Had Its Plenteous Years
  137. My Soul, This Curious House of Clay
  138. Nay, I Cannot Let Thee Go
  139. No Words Can Declare
  140. Not to Sinai’s Dreadful Blaze
  141. Now, Gracious Lord, Thine Arm Reveal
  142. Now Let Us Join with Hearts and Tongues
  143. Now, Lord, Inspire the Preacher’s Heart
  144. Now May Fervent Prayer Arise
  145. Now May He Who from the Dead
  146. Now May the Lord Reveal His Face
  147. O David’s Son, and David’s Lord
  148. O Happy They Who Know the Lord
  149. O How I Love Thy Holy Word
  150. O Lord, How Vile Am I
  151. O Lord, Our Languid Souls Inspire
  152. O, May the Power Which Melts the Rock
  153. O, Speak That Gracious Word Again
  154. O Thou, at Whose Almighty Word
  155. Oft as the Bell, with Solemn Toll
  156. Oft as the Leper’s Case I Read
  157. Oft in Vain the Voice of Truth
  158. Often Thy Public Means of Grace
  159. On Man, in His Own Image Made
  160. On the Same Flower We Often See
  161. On What Has Now Been Sown
  162. Once a Woman Silent Stood
  163. Once I Thought My Mountain Strong
  164. Once Perishing in Blood I Lay
  165. Once, While We Aimed at Zion’s Songs
  166. One Awful Word Which Jesus Spoke
  167. One Glance of Thine, Eternal Lord
  168. One There Is, Above All Others
  169. Oppressed with Unbelief and Sin
  170. Our Lord, Who Knows Full Well
  171. Peace Which God Alone Reveals, The
  172. Pensive, Doubting, Fearful Heart
  173. Physician of My Sin Sick Soul
  174. Pleasing Spring Again Is Here
  175. Poor Esau Repented Too Late
  176. Poor Sinners! Little Do They Think
  177. Poor, Weak and Worthless Though I Am
  178. Prayer an Answer Will Obtain
  179. Preachers May, from Ezekiel’s Case
  180. Precious Bible! What a Treasure
  181. Prepare a Thankful Song
  182. Prophets’ Sons, in Time of Old, The
  183. Quiet, Lord, My Froward Heart
  184. Refreshed by the Bread and Wine
  185. Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord
  186. Remember Us, We Pray Thee, Lord
  187. Return to Bless My Waiting Eyes
  188. Safely Through Another Week
  189. Saints Emmanuel’s Portion Are, The
  190. Salvation! What a Glorious Plan
  191. Saved by Blood, I Live to Tell
  192. Savior Calls His People Sheep, The
  193. Savior, Shine and Cheer My Soul
  194. Savior, Visit Thy Plantation
  195. See Aaron, God’s Anointed Priest
  196. See! Another Year Is Gone!
  197. See, How Rude Winter’s Icy Hand
  198. See! The Corn Again in Ear!
  199. See the Gloomy Gathering Cloud
  200. See, the World for Youth Prepares
  201. Shall Men Pretend to Pleasure
  202. Shelter from the Rain or Wind, A
  203. Shunemite, Oppressed with Grief, The
  204. Sight, Hearing, Feeling, Taste and Smell
  205. Signs Which God to Gideon Gave, The
  206. Simon, Beware! the Savior Said
  207. Sin, When Viewed by Scripture Light
  208. Sinner, Art Thou Still Secure?
  209. Sinner, Hear the Savior’s Call
  210. Son of God! Thy People’s Shield
  211. Sovereign Grace Has Power Alone
  212. Stop, Poor Sinner! Stop and Think
  213. Strange and Mysterious Is My Life
  214. Subtle Spider Often Weaves, The
  215. Supported by the Word
  216. Sweet Was the Time When First I Felt
  217. Sweeter Sounds Than Music Knows
  218. Ten Thousand Talents Once I Owed
  219. That Man No Guard or Weapons Needs
  220. That Was a Wonder Working Word
  221. Then the Apostle Wonders Wrought
  222. Though Cloudy Skies and Northern Blasts
  223. Though in the Outward Church Below
  224. Though the Morn May Be Serene
  225. Though Jericho Pleasantly Stood
  226. Though Small the Drops of Falling Rain
  227. Though Sore Beset with Guilt and Fear
  228. Though Troubles Assail Us
  229. Thus Saith the Holy One, and True
  230. Thus Saith the Lord to Ephesus
  231. Thy Mansion Is the Christian’s Heart
  232. Thy Message, by the Preacher, Seal
  233. Thy Promise, Lord, and Thy Command
  234. Time, by Moments, Steals Away
  235. Time, with an Unwearied Hand
  236. ’Tis a Point I Long to Know
  237. ’Tis Past—The Dreadful Stormy Night
  238. To Thee Our Wants Are Known
  239. Unbelief the Soul Dismays
  240. Uncertain How the Way to Find
  241. Unless the Lord Had Been My Stay
  242. Water Stood Like Walls of Brass, The
  243. We Seek a Rest Beyond the Skies
  244. Wearied by Day with Toils and Cares
  245. What a Mournful Life Is Mine
  246. What Contradictions Meet
  247. What Think You of Christ?
  248. When a Black Overspreading Cloud
  249. When Adam Fell
  250. When Any Turn from Zion’s Way
  251. When Descending from the Sky
  252. When First My Soul Enlisted
  253. When First to Make My Heart His Own
  254. When Hannah, Pressed with Grief
  255. When Israel by Divine Command
  256. When Israel Heard the Fiery Law
  257. When Israel Was from Egypt Freed
  258. When Israel’s Tribes Were Parched with Thirst
  259. When Jesus Claims the Sinner’s Heart
  260. When Joseph His Brethren Beheld
  261. When Joshua, by God’s Command
  262. When Moses Waved His Mystic Rod
  263. When My Prayers Are a Burden and Task
  264. When My Savior, My Shepherd Is Near
  265. When on the Cross, My Lord I See
  266. When Paul Was Parted from His Friends
  267. When Peter Boasted, Soon He Fell
  268. When Peter Through the Tedious Night
  269. When Sinners Utter Boasting Words
  270. When Slumber Seals Our Weary Eyes
  271. When the Beloved Disciple Took
  272. When the Disciples Crossed the Lake
  273. When the Poor Prisoner Through a Grate
  274. When the Sun, with Cheerful Beams
  275. When the Wounded Spirit Hears
  276. While I Lived Without the Lord
  277. While Joshua Led the Armed Bands
  278. While with Ceaseless Course the Sun
    • Thanks for Mercies Past Receive
  279. Why Should I Fear the Darkest Hour?
  280. Wishes That the Sluggard Frames, The
  281. With Israel’s God Who Can Compare?
  282. With Satan, My Accuser, Near
  283. Word from Jesus Calms the Sea, A
  284. Word of Christ, Our Lord, The
  285. Worldling Spent Each Day, A
  286. Ye Saints on Earth Ascribe with Heav’n’s High Host
  287. Yes! Since God Himself Has Said It
  288. Zaccheus Climbed the Tree
  289. Zeal Is That Pure and Heav’nly Flame
  290. Zion! The City of Our God