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 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. Happy Are They, to Whom the Lord
  69. Happy the Birth Where Grace Presides
  70. Hark! How Time’s Wide Sounding Bell
  71. He Who on Earth as Man Was Known
  72. Hear What the Lord, the Great Amen
  73. Here at Bethesda’s Pool
  74. Honey Though the Bee Prepares
  75. How Blest the Righteous Are
  76. How David, When by Sin Deceived
  77. How Hurtful Was the Choice of Lot
  78. How Kind the Good Samaritan
  79. How Lost Was My Condition
  80. How Soon the Savior’s Gracious Call
  81. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
  82. How Tedious and Tasteless
  83. How Welcome to the Saints, When Pressed
  84. Hungry, and Faint, and Poor
  85. I Am, Saith Christ, Our Glorious Head
  86. I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow
  87. I Thirst, but Not as Once I Did
  88. I Would, but Cannot Sing
  89. Ice and Snow We Lately Saw, The
  90. If for a Time the Air Be Calm
  91. If Paul in Caesar’s Court Must Stand
  92. If Solomon for Wisdom Prayed
    • And Dost Thou Say
  93. If the Lord Our Leader Be
  94. If to Jesus for Relief
  95. In Evil Long I Took Delight
  96. In Mercy, Not in Wrath, Rebuke
  97. In Themselves, as Weak as Worms
  98. In Vain My Fancy Strives to Paint
  99. Incarnate God! The Soul That Knows
  100. Jesus Christ, the Lord’s Anointed
  101. Jesus Is Mine! I’m Now Prepared
  102. Jesus, to What Didst Thou Submit
  103. Jesus, Who Bought Us with His Blood
  104. John in Vision Saw the Day
  105. Joy Is a Fruit That Will Not Grow
  106. Kindle, Savior, in My Heart
  107. Kindred in Christ, for His Dear Sake
  108. Kine Unguided Went, The
  109. Legion Was My Name by Nature
  110. Let Hearts and Tongues Unite
  111. Let Me Dwell on Golgotha
  112. Let Us Adore the Grace That Seeks
  113. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
  114. Let Worldly Minds the World Pursue
  115. Lion, Though by Nature Wild, A
  116. Lion That on Sampson Roared, The
  117. Lodestone, The
  118. Lord, Our Salvation and Light, The
  119. Lord, Thou Hast Won
  120. Lord, What Is Man! Extremes How Wide
  121. Manna Favored Israel’s Meat, The
  122. Manna to Israel Well Supplied
  123. Martha Her Love and Joy Expressed
  124. Mary to Her Savior’s Tomb
  125. May the Grace of Christ Our Savior
  126. Mercy, Oh Thou Son of David!
  127. Message First to Smyrna Sent, The
  128. Moon Has but a Borrowed Light, The
  129. Moon in Silver Glory Shone, The
  130. My Barns Are Full, My Stores Increase
  131. My Former Hopes Are Dead
  132. My God! How Perfect Are Thy Ways
  133. My Harp Untuned, and Laid Aside
    • While Thus to Grief My Soul Gave Way
  134. My Soul Is Beset
  135. My Soul Once Had Its Plenteous Years
  136. My Soul, This Curious House of Clay
  137. Nay, I Cannot Let Thee Go
    • Lord, I Cannot Let Thee Go
  138. No Words Can Declare
  139. Not to Sinai’s Dreadful Blaze
  140. Now, Gracious Lord, Thine Arm Reveal
  141. Now Let Us Join with Hearts and Tongues
  142. Now, Lord, Inspire the Preacher’s Heart
  143. Now May Fervent Prayer Arise
  144. Now May He Who from the Dead
  145. Now May the Lord Reveal His Face
  146. O David’s Son, and David’s Lord
  147. O Happy They Who Know the Lord
  148. O How I Love Thy Holy Word
  149. O Lord, How Vile Am I
  150. O Lord, Our Languid Souls Inspire
    • Dear Shepherd of Thy People, Hear
  151. O, May the Power Which Melts the Rock
  152. O, Speak That Gracious Word Again
  153. O Thou, at Whose Almighty Word
  154. Oft as the Bell, with Solemn Toll
  155. Oft as the Leper’s Case I Read
  156. Oft in Vain the Voice of Truth
  157. Often Thy Public Means of Grace
  158. On Man, in His Own Image Made
  159. On the Same Flower We Often See
  160. Once a Woman Silent Stood
  161. Once Perishing in Blood I Lay
  162. Once, While We Aimed at Zion’s Songs
  163. One Awful Word Which Jesus Spoke
  164. One Glance of Thine, Eternal Lord
  165. One There Is, Above All Others
  166. Oppressed with Unbelief and Sin
  167. Our Lord, Who Knows Full Well
  168. Peace Which God Alone Reveals, The
  169. Pensive, Doubting, Fearful Heart
  170. Physician of My Sin Sick Soul
  171. Pleasing Spring Again Is Here
  172. Poor Esau Repented Too Late
  173. Poor Sinners! Little Do They Think
  174. Poor, Weak and Worthless Though I Am
  175. Prayer an Answer Will Obtain
  176. Preachers May, from Ezekiel’s Case
  177. Precious Bible! What a Treasure
  178. Prepare a Thankful Song
  179. Prophets’ Sons, in Time of Old, The
  180. Quiet, Lord, My Froward Heart
  181. Refreshed by the Bread and Wine
  182. Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord
  183. Remember Us, We Pray Thee, Lord
  184. Return to Bless My Waiting Eyes
  185. Safely Through Another Week
  186. Saints Emmanuel’s Portion Are, The
  187. Salvation! What a Glorious Plan
  188. Saved by Blood, I Live to Tell
  189. Savior Calls His People Sheep, The
  190. Savior, Shine and Cheer My Soul
    • Once I Thought My Mountain Strong
  191. Savior, Visit Thy Plantation
  192. See Aaron, God’s Anointed Priest
  193. See! Another Year Is Gone!
  194. See, How Rude Winter’s Icy Hand
  195. See! The Corn Again in Ear!
  196. See the Gloomy Gathering Cloud
  197. See, the World for Youth Prepares
  198. Shall Men Pretend to Pleasure
  199. Shelter from the Rain or Wind, A
  200. Shunamite, Oppressed with Grief, The
  201. Sight, Hearing, Feeling, Taste and Smell
  202. Signs Which God to Gideon Gave, The
  203. Simon, Beware! the Savior Said
  204. Sin, When Viewed by Scripture Light
  205. Sinner, Art Thou Still Secure?
  206. Sinner, Hear the Savior’s Call
  207. Son of God! Thy People’s Shield
  208. Sovereign Grace Has Power Alone
  209. Stop, Poor Sinner! Stop and Think
  210. Strange and Mysterious Is My Life
  211. Subtle Spider Often Weaves, The
  212. Supported by the Word
  213. Sweet Was the Time When First I Felt
  214. Sweeter Sounds Than Music Knows
  215. Ten Thousand Talents Once I Owed
  216. That Man No Guard or Weapons Needs
  217. That Was a Wonder Working Word
  218. Then the Apostle Wonders Wrought
  219. Though Cloudy Skies and Northern Blasts
  220. Though in the Outward Church Below
  221. Though the Morn May Be Serene
  222. Though Jericho Pleasantly Stood
  223. Though Small the Drops of Falling Rain
  224. Though Sore Beset with Guilt and Fear
  225. Though Troubles Assail Us
  226. Thus Saith the Holy One, and True
  227. Thus Saith the Lord to Ephesus
  228. Thy Mansion Is the Christian’s Heart
  229. Thy Message, by the Preacher, Seal
  230. Thy Promise, Lord, and Thy Command
  231. Time, by Moments, Steals Away
  232. Time, with an Unwearied Hand
  233. ’Tis a Point I Long to Know
  234. ’Tis Past—The Dreadful Stormy Night
  235. To Thee Our Wants Are Known
  236. Unbelief the Soul Dismays
  237. Uncertain How the Way to Find
  238. Unless the Lord Had Been My Stay
  239. Water Stood Like Walls of Brass, The
  240. We Seek a Rest Beyond the Skies
  241. Wearied by Day with Toils and Cares
  242. What a Mournful Life Is Mine
  243. What Contradictions Meet
  244. What Think Ye of Christ?
  245. When a Black Overspreading Cloud
  246. When Adam Fell
  247. When Any Turn from Zion’s Way
  248. When Descending from the Sky
  249. When First My Soul Enlisted
  250. When First to Make My Heart His Own
  251. When Hannah, Pressed with Grief
  252. When Israel by Divine Command
  253. When Israel Heard the Fiery Law
  254. When Israel Was from Egypt Freed
  255. When Israel’s Tribes Were Parched with Thirst
  256. When Jesus Claims the Sinner’s Heart
  257. When Joseph His Brethren Beheld
  258. When Joshua, by God’s Command
  259. When Moses Waved His Mystic Rod
  260. When My Prayers Are a Burden and Task
  261. When My Savior, My Shepherd Is Near
  262. When on the Cross, My Lord I See
  263. When Paul Was Parted from His Friends
  264. When Peter Boasted, Soon He Fell
  265. When Peter Through the Tedious Night
  266. When Sinners Utter Boasting Words
  267. When Slumber Seals Our Weary Eyes
  268. When the Beloved Disciple Took
  269. When the Disciples Crossed the Lake
  270. When the Poor Prisoner Through a Grate
  271. When the Sun, with Cheerful Beams
  272. When the Wounded Spirit Hears
  273. While I Lived Without the Lord
  274. While Joshua Led the Armed Bands
  275. While Sinners Utter Boasting Words
  276. While with Ceaseless Course the Sun
    • Thanks for Mercies Past Receive
  277. Why Should I Fear the Darkest Hour?
  278. Wishes That the Sluggard Frames, The
  279. With Israel’s God Who Can Compare?
  280. With Satan, My Accuser, Near
  281. Word from Jesus Calms the Sea, A
  282. Word of Christ, Our Lord, The
  283. Worldling Spent Each Day, A
  284. Ye Saints on Earth Ascribe with Heav’n’s High Host
  285. Yes! Since God Himself Has Said It
  286. Zaccheus Climbed the Tree
  287. Zeal Is That Pure and Heav’nly Flame
  288. Zion! The City of Our God