When the sun with cheerful beams

When the sun with cheerful beams

Author: John Newton
Published in 5 hymnals

Author: John Newton

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 tumul¬≠tuous 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 √† 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 >

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First Line: When the sun with cheerful beams
Author: John Newton
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d249

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The Baptist Hymn Book #735

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d478

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