1725–1807
portrait

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.

Omicron.

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. New­ton 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
  10. As Parch­èd 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
    • For a Sea­son Called to Part
  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 Wa­ters, The
  23. Bleak Win­ter Is Sub­dued at Length
  24. Bless, O Lord, the Op­en­ing Year
  25. Blinded in Youth by Sa­tan’s Arts
  26. Book of Na­ture Op­en Lies, The
  27. But One Loaf
  28. By Faith in Christ I Walk with God
  29. By the Poor Wi­dow’s Oil and Meal
  30. By Var­i­ous Max­ims, Forms and Rules
  31. Castle of the Hu­man Heart, The
  32. Cheer Up, My Soul, There Is a Mer­cy-Seat
  33. Chief Shep­herd of Thy Cho­sen Sheep
  34. Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Pre­pare
  35. Confirm the Hope Thy Word Al­lows
  36. Constrained by Their Lord to Em­bark
  37. Courage, My Soul! Be­hold the Prize
  38. Church a Gar­den Is, The
  39. Darkness Ov­er­spreads Us Here
  40. Day of Judg­ment! Day of Won­ders!
  41. Destruction’s Dan­ger­ous Road
  42. Does It Not Grief, and Won­der Move
  43. Does the Gos­pel Word Pro­claim
  44. Elijah’s Ex­amp­le De­clares
  45. Elisha, Struck with Grief and Awe
  46. Encouraged by Thy Word
  47. Ensnared, Too Long, My Heart Has Been
  48. Evils That Be­set Our Path, The
  49. Father, For­give, the Sav­ior Said
  50. Father of An­gels and of Men
  51. Father We Adore, The
  52. Fervent, Per­se­ver­ing Pray­ers
  53. Fix My Heart and Eyes on Thine!
  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
  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 to Je­sus for Re­lief
  94. In Ev­il Long I Took Delight
  95. In Mer­cy, Not in Wrath, Re­buke
  96. In Them­selves, as Weak as Worms
  97. In Vain My Fan­cy Strives to Paint
  98. Incarnate God! The Soul That Knows
  99. Jacob’s Lad­der
  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 Dis­pos­sessed, The
  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
  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
    • While to Its 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
    • Lord, Who Tru­ly Knows, The
  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. Ruler’s Daugh­ter, The
  186. Safely Through An­oth­er Week
  187. Saints Em­man­u­el’s Por­tion Are, The
  188. Salvation! What a Glo­ri­ous Plan
  189. Saved by Blood, I Live to Tell
  190. Savior Calls His Peo­ple Sheep, The
  191. Savior, Shine and Cheer My Soul
    • Once I Thought My Moun­tain Strong
  192. Savior, Visit Thy Plan­ta­tion
    • Once, O Lord, Thy Gar­den Flour­ished
  193. See Aar­on, God’s An­oint­ed Priest
  194. See! An­oth­er Year Is Gone!
  195. See, How Rude Win­ter’s Icy Hand
  196. See! The Corn Again in Ear!
  197. See the Gloomy Ga­ther­ing Cloud
  198. See, the World for Youth Pre­pares
  199. Shall Men Pre­tend to Plea­sure
  200. Shelter from the Rain or Wind, A
  201. Shunamite, Op­pressed with Grief, The
  202. Sight, Hear­ing, Feel­ing, Taste and Smell
  203. Signs Which God to Gid­e­on Gave, The
  204. Simon, Be­ware! the Sav­ior Said
  205. Sin, When Viewed by Scrip­ture Light
  206. Sinner, Art Thou Still Se­cure?
  207. Sinner, Hear the Sav­ior’s Call
  208. Son of God! Thy Peo­ple’s Shield
  209. Sovereign Grace Has Pow­er Alone
  210. Stop, Poor Sin­ner! Stop and Think
  211. Strange and Mys­ter­i­ous Is My Life
  212. Subtle Spi­der Oft­en Weaves, The
  213. Supported by the Word
  214. Sweet Was the Time When First I Felt
  215. Sweeter Sounds Than Mu­sic Knows
  216. Ten Thou­sand Tal­ents Once I Owed
  217. That Man No Guard or Wea­pons Needs
  218. That Was a Won­der Work­ing Word
  219. Then the Apos­tle Won­ders Wrought
  220. Though Cloudy Skies and North­ern Blasts
  221. Though in the Out­ward Church Be­low
  222. Though the Morn May Be Se­rene
  223. Though Jer­i­cho Plea­sant­ly Stood
  224. Though Small the Drops of Fall­ing Rain
  225. Though Sore Be­set with Guilt and Fear
  226. Though Trou­bles As­sail Us
  227. Thus Sai­th the Ho­ly One, and True
  228. Thus Sai­th the Lord to Eph­e­sus
  229. Thy Man­sion Is the Chris­tian’s Heart
  230. Thy Mes­sage, by the Preach­er, Seal
  231. Thy Pro­mise, Lord, and Thy Com­mand
  232. Time, by Mo­ments, Steals Away
  233. Time, with an Un­wear­ied Hand
  234. ’Tis a Point I Long to Know
  235. ’Tis Past—The Dread­ful Stor­my Night
  236. To Thee Our Wants Are Known
  237. Unbelief the Soul Dis­mays
  238. Uncertain How the Way to Find
  239. Unless the Lord Had Been My Stay
  240. Water Stood Like Walls of Brass, The
  241. We Seek a Rest Be­yond the Skies
  242. Wearied by Day with Toils and Cares
  243. What a Mourn­ful Life Is Mine
  244. What Cont­ra­dic­tions Meet
    • On What Has Now Been Sown
  245. What Think Ye of Christ?
  246. When a Black Ov­er­spread­ing Cloud
  247. When Ad­am Fell
  248. When Any Turn from Zi­on’s Way
  249. When Des­cend­ing from the Sky
  250. When First My Soul En­list­ed
  251. When First to Make My Heart His Own
  252. When Han­nah, Pressed with Grief
  253. When Is­ra­el by Di­vine Com­mand
  254. When Is­ra­el Heard the Fie­ry Law
  255. When Is­ra­el Was from Egypt Freed
  256. When Isr­a­el’s Tribes Were Parched with Thirst
  257. When Je­sus Claims the Sin­ner’s Heart
  258. When Jo­seph His Breth­ren Be­held
  259. When Jo­shua, by God’s Com­mand
  260. When Mos­es Waved His Mys­tic Rod
  261. When My Pray­ers Are a Bur­den and Task
  262. When My Sav­ior, My Shep­herd Is Near
  263. When on the Cross, My Lord I See
  264. When Paul Was Part­ed from His Friends
  265. When Peter Boast­ed, Soon He Fell
  266. When Pe­ter Through the Te­di­ous Night
  267. When Sin­ners Ut­ter Boast­ing Words
  268. When Slum­ber Seals Our Wea­ry Eyes
  269. When the Be­loved Dis­ci­ple Took
  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 with Cease­less Course the Sun
    • Thanks for Mer­cies Past Re­ceive
  276. Why Should I Fear the Dark­est Hour?
  277. Wishes That the Slug­gard Frames, The
  278. With Is­ra­el’s God Who Can Com­pare?
  279. With Sa­tan, My Ac­cus­er, Near
  280. Word from Je­sus Calms the Sea, A
  281. Word of Christ, Our Lord, The
  282. Worldling Spent Each Day, A
  283. Ye Saints on Earth As­cribe with Heav’n’s High Host
  284. Yes! Since God Him­self Has Said It
  285. Zaccheus Climbed the Tree
  286. Zeal Is That Pure and Heav’n­ly Flame
  287. Zion! The Ci­ty of Our God