John Newton

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Life

Born: 24 July 1725

Died: 21 December 1807

Biography

John Newton was an English clergyman and hymnwriter. Initially a sailor, he became the curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1764. He collaborated with William Cowper on the hymnbook Olney Hymns, which was published in 1779, and became influential in the evangelical movement.

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John Newton hymns at CPDL

All references are from Olney Hymns, 1779

Traditional 2,4 vo.
John Jenkins Husband 3 vo. 1790
Jeremiah Ingalls 3 vo. 1805
  • Beside the gospel pool (H.112, Bk.1, C. M.)
Oliver Holden 4 vo. 1800
  • Bless, O Lord, the opening year (H.9, Bk.2, St.2, 77. 77.)
Nehemiah Shumway 4 vo. 1793
  • Day of judgment, day of wonders (H.77, Bk.2, 87. 87. 47.)
Nehemiah Shumway 4 vo. 1793
Jeremiah Ingalls 3 vo. 1805
Alexander Johnson 3-4 vo. 1818
William Moore 3 vo. 1825
Alexander Robert Reinagle 4 vo. 1836
William Hauser 4 vo. 1848
Rod Mather 4 vo. 1988
Jeremiah Ingalls 3 vo. 1805
William Walker 4 vo. 1835-1867
Samuel Babcock 3 vo. 1803
Stephen Jenks 3,4 vo. 1805
Jeremiah Ingalls 3,4 vo. 1805
Alexander Johnson 3 vo. 1818
Reubin Monday 3 vo. 1825
William Walker 3 vo. 1835
  • I saw one hanging from a tree (H.57, Bk.2, St.2, C. M.)
Thurlow Weed 4 vo. 2009
William Walker 3-4 vo. 1847-1867
Alexander Gillet 4 vo. 1792
  • Jesus! my shepherd and my friend (H.57, Bk.1, St.5, C. M.)
Samuel Babcock 3 vo. 1803
  • Let us love, and sing, and wonder (H.82, Bk.3, 87. 87. 77.)
Samuel Babcock 3,4 vo. 1795
William Walker 3-4 vo. 1835-1867
William Hauser 4 vo. 1848
  • My harp untuned, and laid aside (H.52, Bk.2, L. M.)
Oliver Holden 3,4 vo. 1800
Jeremiah Ingalls 3,4 vo. 1805
  • Sweeter sounds than music knows (H.37, Bk.2, 77. 77.)
Rod Mather 4 vo. 2001
  • Take down thy long neglected harp (H.52, Bk.2, St.6, L. M.)
Oliver Holden 3 vo. 1803
  • The birds without barn (H.7 Bk. 1, st. 2, 55. 55. 65. 65.)
Samuel Babcock 3 vo. 1795
  • Though troubles assail (H.7, Bk.1, 55. 55. 65. 65.)
Samuel Holyoke 3 vo. 1804
Jeremiah Ingalls 3,4 vo. 1805
  • Tis a point I long to know (H.119, Bk.1, 77. 77.)
Oliver Holden 4 vo. 1793
  • With pleasing grief and mournful joy (H.57, Bk.2, St.8, C. M.)
Oliver Holden 4 vo. 1800
Alexander Gillet 4 vo. 1792

John Newton hymns in Olney Hymns, 1779

Text Bk Hymn Meter Reference
A believer, free from care 1 123 77.77.D. Acts 16:29-31
A garden contemplation suits 2 95 C.M.
A glance from heaven with sweet effect 2 84 L.M.
A lion, though by nature wild 2 93 C.M.
A shelter from the rain or wind 2 96 C.M.
A word from Jesus calms the sea 1 87 C.M. Matt. 14:28-31
A worldling spent each day 1 105 66.66.88. Luke 16:19-25
Afflictions do not come alone 1 135 C.M. Heb. 12:5-11
Afflictions, though they seem severe 1 104 C.M. Luke 15:11-24
Ah! what can I do 3 6 55.55.65.65.
Alas! by nature how depraved 2 29 C.M. Jer. 3:19
Alas! Elisha's servant cried 1 40 L.M. Ki. 6:16
Although on massy pillars built 2 68 C.M.
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound 1 41 C.M. Chr. 17:16-16
Approach, my soul, the mercy- seat 3 12 C.M.
As needles point towards the pole 2 90 L.M.
As once for Jonah, so the Lord 1 75 L.M. Jonah 4:7
As parched in the barren sands 1 66 C.M. Jer. 17:5-8
As some tall rock amidst the waves 1 120 L.M. Acts 7:54-60
As the serpent raised by Moses 1 61 87.87.D. Isa. 45:22
As the sun's enlivening eye 2 71 77.77.
As when the weary traveler gains 3 58 L.M.
Be still, my heart! these anxious cares 3 40 L.M.
Before Elisha's gate 1 38 66.66.88. Ki. 5:14
Begone, unbelief 3 37 55.55.65.65.
Behold the throne of grace 1 33 S.M. Ki. 3:5
Beneath the tyrant Satan's yoke 2 25 C.M. Deut. 6:20-33
Beside the Gospel pool 1 112 S.M. John 5:3-4
Bestow, dear Lord, upon our youth 2 8 C.M.
Bitter, indeed, the waters are 1 13 C.M. Exod. 15:23-25
Bleak winter is subdued at length 2 32 C.M.
Blinded in youth by Satan's arts 2 100 886.886.
Breathe from the gentle south, O Lord 3 10 C.M.
By the poor widow's oil and meal 1 36 87.87. Ki. 17:16
By various maxims, forms, and rules 1 134 L.M. Heb. 12:2
Cheer up, my soul, there is a mercy-seat 3 11 10 10.10 10.
Chief Shepherd of thy chosen sheep 2 50 C.M.
Come, my soul, thy suit prepare 1 31 77.77. Ki. 3:5
Confirm the hope thy word allows 3 89 L.M.D.
Constrain' d by their Lord to embark 1 114 L.M.D. John 6:16-21
Could the creatures help or ease us 1 93 87.87.D. Mark 5:39-42
Courage, my soul! behold the prize 2 76 C.M.
Darkness overspreads us here 1 127 77.77.D. Rom. 13:11-12
Day of judgment, day of wonders 2 77 87.87 11.
Destruction's dangerous road 3 77 S.M.
Does it not grief and wonder move 2 14 L.M. Kings 18
Does the Gospel- word proclaim 3 14 77.77.D.
Elijah's example declares 1 35 L.M.D. Ki. 17
Elisha , struck with grief and awe 2 19 L.M. Kings 2:11-14
Encouraged by thy word 1 81 66.66.88. Matt. 7:7-8
Ensnared too long my heart has been 2 23 C.M. Prov. 7:34-35
Father of angels and of men 3 105 C.M.
Father, forgive, the Savior said 1 109 C.M. Luke 23:34
Fervent, persevering prayers 1 122 76.76.77.76. Acts 12:3-8
Fix my heart and eyes on thine 3 66 77.77.D.
For mercies, countless as the sands 1 50 C.M. Psalm 116:12-13
Forest beasts, that live by prey 3 33 77.77.
From Egypt lately freed 3 42 S.M.
From pole to pole let others roam 1 69 C.M. Lam. 3:24
From Sheba a distant report 1 34 L.M.D. Ki, 10:1-9
Gladness was spread through Israel's host 2 49 C.M.
Glorious things of thee are spoken 1 60 87.87.D. Isa. 33:20-21
Glory to God, the Father's name 3 106 L.M.
God with one piercing glance looks through 2 78 L.M.
Happy are they to whom the Lord 2 47 C.M.
Happy the birth where grace presides 3 60 C.M.
Hark! how time's wide-sounding bell 2 5 77.77.D.
He who on earth as man was known 1 59 C.M. Isa. 32:2
Hear what the Lord, the great Amen 1 140 L.M. Rev. 3:14-20
Here at Bethesda's pool, the poor 1 113 C.M. John 5:3-4
Honey though the bee prepares 1 56 77.77.
How blest the righteous are 1 20 S.M. Num. 23:10
How David, when by sin deceived 1 29 C.M. Sam. 11:27
How hurtful was the choice of Lot 1 5 C.M. Gen. 13:10
How kind the good Samaritan 1 99 L.M. Luke 10:33-35
How lost was my condition 1 62 76.76.D.
How soon the Savior's gracious call 3 79 L.M.
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 1 57 C.M. Song 1:5
How tedious and tasteless the hours 1 46 L.M.D. Psalm 73:25
How welcome to the saints, when pressed 2 45 L.M.
Hungry, and faint, and poor 3 92 S.M.
I am, saith Christ, your glorious head 1 116 C.M. John 11:25
I asked the Lord, that I might grow 3 36 L.M.
I would, but cannot sing 1 126 S.M. Rom. 7:19
If for a time the air be calm 2 87 L.M.
If Paul in Caesar's court must stand 1 125 C.M. Acts 27
If Solomon for wisdom prayed 1 32 L.M. Ki. 3:5
If the Lord our leader be 1 9 77.77.D. Gen. 28:12
If to Jesus for relief 3 38 76.76.77.76.
In evil long I took delight 2 57 C.M.
In mercy, not in wrath, rebuke 1 45 C.M. Psalm 6
In themselves, as weak as worms 2 61 77.77.
In vain my fancy strives to paint 2 72 C.M.
Incarnate God! the soul that knows 1 47 C.M. Psalm 91
Jesus Christ, the Lord's anointed 1 78 87.87 11. Zech. 3:9
Jesus is mine! I'm now prepared 3 97 L.M.D. Hab. 3:17-18
Jesus, to what didst thou submit 1 111 L.M. John 4:28
Jesus, who bought us with his blood 2 22 C.M. Chron. 4:9-10
John, in a vision, saw the day 2 79 77.77.D.
Joy is a fruit that will not grow 1 42 C.M. Neh. 8:10
Kindle, Savior, in my heart 3 27 76.76.77.76.
Kindred in Christ, for his dear sake 2 70 L.M.
Legion was my name by nature 1 92 87.87.D. Mark 5:18-19
Let hearts and tongues unite 2 42 66.66.
Let me dwell on Golgotha 2 56 77.77.
Let us adore the grace that seeks 2 21 C.M. Co. 6:17-18
Let us love, and sing, and wonder 3 82 87.87.77.
Let worldly minds the world pursue 3 59 C.M.
Lord, thou hast won, at length I yield 1 121 886.886. Acts 9:6
Lord, what is man! extremes how wide 3 88 L.M.
Manna to Israel well supplied 1 15 C.M. Exod. 16:18
Martha her love and joy expressed 1 100 L.M. Luke
Mary to her Savior's tomb 1 117 77.77.D. John 20:11-16
May the grace of Christ our Savior 3 101 87.87.D. Cor. 13:14
Mercy, O thou Son of David 1 95 87.87.D. Mark 8:47-48
My barns are full, my stores increase 1 102 C.M. Luke 17:16-21
My harp untuned, and laid aside 2 52 L.M.
My soul is beset 3 9 55.55.65.65.
My soul once had its plenteous years 1 11 L.M. Gen. 41:56
My soul, this curious house of clay 2 75 C.M.
Nay, I cannot let thee go 1 10 77.77. Gen. 32:27
No words can declare 3 1 55.55.65.65.
Not to Sinai's dreadful blaze 3 94 77.77.
Now let us join with hearts and tongues 2 39 L.M.
Now may fervent prayer arise 2 9 77.77.
Now may he who from the dead 3 100 77.77.77.
Now may the Lord reveal his face 3 86 C.M.D.
Now, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal 2 7 C.M.
Now, Lord, inspire the preacher's heart 3 90 C.M.
O David's Son, and David's Lord 2 20 L.M. Chron. 28:9
O happy they who know the Lord 2 46 C.M.
O Lord, how vile am 3 7 S.M.
O Lord, our languid souls inspire 2 43 C.M.
O thou, at whose almighty word 2 18 L.M.
Oft as the bell, with solemn toll 2 74 L.M.
Oft in vain the voice of truth 2 6 77.77.D.
Often thy public means of grace 3 95 886.886.
Oh! may the power which melts the rock 2 65 L.M.
Oh, speak that gracious word again 3 53 C.M.
On man, in his own image made 1 1 C.M. Genesis 3
On the same flower we often see 2 91 L.M.
Once a woman silent stood 1 98 76.76.77.76. Luke 7:47
Text Bk Hymn Meter Reference
Once perishing in blood I lay 1 70 C.M. Ezek. 16:63
Once, while we aimed at Zion's songs 2 48 L.M.
One awful word which Jesus spoke 1 97 L.M. Mark 11:20
One glance of thine, eternal Lord 3 41 C.M.
One there is, above all others 1 53 87.87.77. Prov. 18:24
Oppressed with unbelief and sin 1 129 L.M. Cor. 12:9
Opt as the leper's case I read 1 82 C.M. Matt. 8:2-3
Our Lord, who knows full well 1 106 S.M. Luke 18:1-7
Pensive, doubting, fearful heart 1 63 77.77.D. Isa. 54:5-11
Physician of my sin-sick soul 1 83 C.M. Matt. 9:12
Pleasing spring again is here 2 33 77.77.D.
Poor Esau repented too late 1 8 L.M.D. Gen. 25:34
Poor sinners! little do they think 1 74 C.M. Dan. 5:5-6
Poor, weak, and worthless, though I am 1 30 L.M. Sam. 16:17
Prayer an answer will obtain 1 88 77.77. Matt. 15:22-28
Preachers may from Ezekiel's case 2 15 L.M. Ezek. 37
Precious Bible! what a treasure 2 63 87.87.77.
Prepare a thankful song 3 87 S.M.
Quiet, Lord, my froward heart 3 65 77.77.77.
Refreshed by the bread and wine 2 59 L.M.
Rejoice, believer, in the Lord 3 84 C.M.
Remember us, we pray thee, Lord 3 93 L.M.D. Psalm 106:4-5
Return to bless my waiting eyes 3 31 L.M.
Safely through another week 2 40 77.77.77.
Salvation! what a glorious plan 3 85 C.M.
Saved by blood, I live to tell 3 54 77.77.D.
Savior, shine and cheer my soul 1 44 77.77.D.
Savior, visit thy plantation 2 51 87.87.D.
See Aaron, God's anointed priest 1 19 C.M. Lev. 8:7-9
See the gloomy gathering cloud 2 67 77.77.D.
See! another year is gone 2 3 77.77.D.
See! the corn again in ear 2 36 77.77.D.
See, how rude winter's icy hand 2 30 L.M.
See, the world for youth prepares 2 99 77.77.
Shall men pretend to pleasure 3 3 76.76.D.
Sight, hearing, feeling, taste, and smell 3 43 C.M.
Simon, beware! The Savior said 1 108 C.M. Luke 22:31-32
Sin, when viewed by Scripture light 3 76 77.77.
Sinner, art thou still secure 3 4 77.77.D.
Sinners, hear the Savior's call 3 5 76.76.77.76.
Sometimes a light surprises 3 48 76.76.D.
Son of God! thy people shield 1 76 77.77. Zech. 2:10
Sovereign grace has power alone 1 110 77.77. Luke 23:39-43
Stop, poor sinner! stop and think 3 2 76.76.77.76.
Strange and mysterious is my life 1 130 88.88.88. Gal. 5:17
Supported by the word 1 73 66.66.88. Dan. 3:6
Sweet was the time when first I felt 1 43 C.M. Job 29:2
Sweeter sounds than music knows 2 37 77.77.
Ten thousand talents once I owed 3 67 C.M.
That man no guard or weapons needs 1 48 L.M. Psalm 91
That was a wonder-working word 2 80 L.M.
The book of nature open lies 2 81 C.M.
The castle of the human heart 1 101 C.M. Luke
The church a garden is 1 103 66.66.88. Luke 13:6-9
The evils that beset our path 1 54 C.M. Eccl. 1:2
The Father we adore 3 104 S.M.
The gathering clouds, with aspect dark 2 64 C.M.
The God who once to Israel spoke 2 17 L.M.
The grass, and flowers, which clothe the field 2 35 C.M.
The ice and snow we lately saw 2 89 C.M.
The kine unguided went 1 27 S.M. Sam. 6:12
The lion that on Samson roared 1 24 C.M. Judg. 14:8
The Lord, our salvation and light 2 41 L.M.D.
The Manna, favored Israel's meat 1 16 C.M. Exod. 16:20
The message first to Smyrna sent 1 137 C.M. Rev. 2:8-11
The moon has but a borrowed light 2 86 C.M.
The moon in silver glory shone 2 85 C.M.
The peace which God alone reveals 3 102 L.M.D.
The prophet's sons, in times of old 1 39 C.M. Ki. 6:5-6
The saints Immanuel's portion are 3 99 L.M.D.
The Savior calls his people sheep 2 94 L.M.
The Shunamite, oppressed with grief 2 13 L.M.
The signs which God to Gideon gave 1 23 L.M. Judg. 6:37-40
The subtle spider often weaves 2 92 C.M.
The water stood like walls of brass 2 97 L.M.
The wishes that the sluggard frames 3 78 C.M.
The word of Christ, our Lord 1 133 S.M. Heb. 4:12-13
Then Paul was parted from his friends 2 28 C.M. Acts 20:26-27
Though cloudy skies, and northern blasts 2 31 L.M.
Though in the outward church below 1 86 L.M. Matt, 13:37-52
Though Jericho pleasantly stood 1 37 L.M.D. Ki. 2:19-22
Though small the drops of falling rain 2 88 C.M.
Though sore beset with guilt and fear 3 32 L.M.D.
Though the morn may be serene 2 34 77.77.D.
Though troubles assail 1 7 55.55.65.65. Gen. 22:14
Thus saith the holy One and true 1 139 L.M. Rev. 3:7-13
Thus saith the Lord to Ephesus 1 136 L.M. Rev. 2:1-7
Thy message by the preacher seal 2 27 C.M. Cor. 5:20
Thy promise, Lord, and thy command 3 91 C.M.
Time, by moments, steals away 2 4 77.77.D.
Time, with an unwearied hand 2 2 77.77.D.
Tis a point I long to know 1 119 77.77. John 21:16
Tis past – the dreadful stormy night 3 21 C.M.
To thee our wants are known 3 103 66.66.88.
To those who know the Lord, I speak 3 13 C.M.
Unbelief the soul dismays 3 39 77.77.
Uncertain how the way to find 3 35 C.M.
Unless the Lord had been my stay 3 22 88.88.88.
We seek a rest beyond the skies 3 98 C.M.D.
Wearied by day with toil and cares 2 69 L.M.
What a mournful life is mine 1 51 77.77. Psalm 120:5-7
What contradictions meet 2 26 66.66.88. Gal. 4:19
What think you of Christ? is the test 1 89 L.M.D. Matt. 22:42
When a black o'er-spreading cloud 2 83 76.76.
When Adam fell, he quickly lost 1 2 L.M. Gen. 4:3-8
When any turn from Zion's way 1 115 C.M. John 6:67-69
When first my soul enlisted 1 28 76.76.D. Sam. 17:38-40
When first to make my heart his own 1 26 L.M. Sam. 5:4-5
When Hannah, pressed with grief 1 25 66.66.88. Sam. 1
When Israel heard the fiery law 1 18 C.M. Exod. 32:4-31
When Israel was from Egypt freed 1 49 C.M. Psalm 107
When Israel, by divine command 2 58 C.M.
When Israel's tribes were parched with thirst 1 128 L.M. Cor. 10:4
When Jesus claims the sinner's heart 1 84 C.M. Matt. 12:43-45
When Joseph his brethren beheld 1 12 L.M.D. Gen. 41:3-4
When Joshua, by God's command 1 21 L.M. Josh. 10:6
When Moses waved his mystic rod 2 16 L.M.
When my prayers are a burden and task 3 25 98.88.88.88.
When my Savior, my Shepherd, is near 3 30 98.88.88.98.
When on the cross my Lord I see 2 54 L.M.
When Peter boasted, soon he fell 1 91 C.M. Matt. 26:39
When Peter, through the tedious night 2 10 L.M.
When sinners utter boasting words 1 80 C.M. Mal. 3:16-18
When slumber seals our weary eyes 2 98 L.M.
When the apostle wonders wrought 1 124 L.M. Acts 19:13-16
When the beloved disciple took 1 141 L.M. Rev. 10
When the disciples crossed the lake 1 94 C.M. Mark 8:14ff.
When the poor prisoner through a grate 3 34 C.M.
When the sun, with cheerful beams 2 82 77.77.77.
When the wounded spirit hears 3 56 76.76.77.76.
When, descending from the sky 1 90 76.76.77.76. Matt. 25:1
While I lived without the Lord 3 55 77.77.
While Joshua led the armed bands 2 66 C.M.
While with ceaseless course the sun 2 1 77.77.D.
Why should I fear the darkest hour 3 46 888..
With Israel's God who can compare 3 96 L.M. Deut. 33:26-29
With Satan, my accuser, near 1 77 L.M. Zech. 3:1-5
Ye saints on earth, ascribe 3 107 10 10.10 10
Yes! since God himself has said it 3 52 87.87.77.
Zacchaeus climbed the tree 1 107 66.66.88. Luke 19:1-6
Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame 3 70 C.M.
Zion, the city of our God 2 24 C.M. Jer. 1:5

Publications

  • Newton, John. 1779. Olney Hymns. London: T. Wilkins. 376 pp. Many hymns written by William Cowper, these marked with a C.

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