John Newton

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This page is for the composer John Newton: for the clergyman and hymnwriter, see John Newton (hymnwriter).


Born: 1802

Died: 1886


John Newton was an English composer of church music; born in Nottingham, where he lived for much of his life, he worked as a twisthand (lace maker). He was also a great-grandfather of the writer D. H. Lawrence.

List of choral works


  • Blessed be the Lord God
  • O my God, deliver me from my enemies
  • Therefore being justified by faith

Set-pieces (through-composed settings of verse texts)

  • Awake, my harp and lute
  • Hark, a voice divides the sky
  • High let us swell the tuneful notes
  • Joy to the world, the Lord is come
  • Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing, bid us all depart in peace
  • O for an overcoming faith
  • Thou sweet flowing Kedron, by whose silver streams

Hymn tunes

  • Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
  • Almighty Father, gracious Lord
  • Awake our souls, away our fears
  • Behold, the grace appears
  • Broad is the road that leads to death
  • Children of the (your) heavenly King
    • to the tune Praise, from The Companion to the Pilgrim
    • to the tune Deliverance, from A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music
  • Come, all harmonious tongues
  • Come and let us sweetly join
  • Come, happy souls, approach your God
  • Come on, my partners in distress
    • to the tune Exhortation, from The Companion to the Pilgrim
    • to the tune Pilgrim, from A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music
  • Come, sound his praise abroad
  • Come, we that love the Lord
  • Eternal power, whose high abode
  • Great God, attend while Zion sings
  • Great God of wonders! all thy ways
  • Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims
  • Jesu, lover of my soul
  • Jesus, our holy Lord
  • Jesus, the word of mercy give
  • Jesus, thou sovereign Lord of all
  • Let me but hear my Saviour say
  • Lift up your eyes to the heavenly seats
  • Lo, he comes with clouds descending
    • to the tune Triumph, from The Companion to the Pilgrim
    • to the tune Infinitude, from A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music
  • Lord, how delightful 'tis to see
  • Lord, we raise our feeble voices
  • Not all the blood of beasts
  • Now for a song of lofty praise
  • O bless the Lord, my soul
  • O come, thou radiant morning star
  • O every one that thirsts, draw nigh
  • O love divine, how sweet thou art
  • O love, thou bottomless abyss
  • O what amazing words of grace
  • O world of bliss, could mortal eyes
  • Raise your triumphant songs
  • Shrinking from the cold hand of death
  • Sweet is the work, my God, my King
  • The fountain of Christ, Lord, help us to sing
  • The Lord my pasture shall prepare
  • They are blest, and blest for ever
  • Thou dear Redeemer, dying Lamb
  • Thou whom my soul admires above
  • We hope ere long beyond the clouds
  • Welcome, sweet day of rest
  • When all thy mercies, O my God
  • When some kind shepherd from his fold
  • When the great Builder arched the skies
  • When, O dear Jesus, when shall I
    • to the tune Naomi, from The Companion to the Pilgrim
    • to the tune Desire, from A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music
  • Worship and thanks and blessing
  • Ye nations round the earth rejoice

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