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 >
Kindly Spring again is here. J. Newton. [Spring.] The hymn in The Council School Hymn Book, 1905, is a cento, stanzas i.-iii. being from J. Newton's "Pleasing spring again is here," Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. 2, No. 33, somewhat altered, and st. iv. by another hand. In The English Hymnal, 1906, there is another cento beginning with the same altered first line.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Display Title: Kindly Spring Again Is HereFirst Line: Kindly spring again is hereTune Title: DA CHRISTUS GEBORENAuthor: John Newton; UnknownMeter: 77.77Source: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), verses 1-3 ("Pleasing Spring Again Is Here!)"; This version appeared in The Council Hymn Book, 1905.