Fierce passions discompose the mind

Fierce passions discompose the mind

Author: John Newton
Published in 19 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempest vex the sea;
But calm content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to thee.

2 In vain by reason and by rule,
We try to bend the will;
For none but in the Savior's school
Can learn the heavenly skill.

3 Since at his feet my soul has sat,
His gracious words to hear,
contented with my present state,
I cast on him my care.

4 'Tis he appoints my daily lot,
And will do all things well;
Soon shall I leave this wretched spot,
And rise with him to dwell.

5 In life his grace shall strength supply,
Proportioned to my day;
In death I still shall find him nigh,
To bear my soul away.

6 Thus I, who once my wretched days
In vain repinings spent;
Taught in my Savior's school of grace,
Have learned to be content.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: John Newton

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 >

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First Line: Fierce passions discompose the mind
Author: John Newton
Language: English


Fierce passions discompose the mind. J. Newton. [Contentment.] Published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book i., No. 131, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon Philippians iv. 11. It is given in a limited number of collections, including Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862-7, where it is attributed to "W. Cowper" in error. It does not bear Cowper's signature, "C." in the Olney Hymns. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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