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My harp untuned, and laid aside

My harp untuned, and laid aside

Author: John Newton
Published in 12 hymnals

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: My harp untuned, and laid aside
Author: John Newton


My harp untuned, and laid aside. J. Newton. [Hoping for a Revival.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii.,No. 52, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Hoping for a Revival." From it the hymn "While I to it my soul gave way," sometimes "While to its grief my soul gave way," beginning with stanza iv., is taken. In the Preface to the Olney Hymns Newton says: "My grief and disappointment [at the downfall of Cowper's health and mind] were great; I hung my harp upon the willows, and for some time thought myself determined to proceed [with hymn-writing] no farther without him. Yet my mind was afterwards led to resume the service." On comparing this extract with this hymn it seems very probable that this was his first effort after resuming his sometime abandoned work.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 12 of 12)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #703Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d85
A Collection of Hymns, Original and Select, for the Use of Small Assemblies and Private Christians #d59
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d213
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d331
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CCXCPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CCXCPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #170Page Scan
Hymns for Second Advent Believers #d80
Pilgrim's Songster #d54
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d375
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #734Page Scan