John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumultuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >
Now let us join with hearts and tongues. J. Newton. [Man honoured above Angels.] Appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. ii., No. 39, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Man honoured above Angels." From this hymn "Jesus, Who passed the angels by," is taken. It is composed of stanzas iv.-vii. It is more widely used than the full hymn.
Display Title: Now Let Us Join with Hearts and TonguesFirst Line: Now let us join with hearts and tonguesTune Title: MAINZERAuthor: John NewtonMeter: LMSource: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 39