Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >
Again our earthly cares we leave. [Divine Worship.] Appeared in Cotterill’s Selection 1810, No. 98, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "For the blessing of God on Public Worship." It is based on J. Newton's "O Lord, our languid souls inspire," st. ii. being specially from Newton. The cento was most probably arranged and rewritten by Cotterill. Its use in Great Britain is somewhat limited, but in America it is extensive, and is given in the collections of various denominations.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
MANOAH was first published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). This anthology (later editions had alternate titles) contained one of the best tune collections of its era and included thirty-seven original compositions and arrangements by compiler Greatorex as well as m…