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 >
Why should I fear the darkest hour? J. Newton. [Jesus All and in All.] Printed in the Gospel Magazine, June, 1771 in 8 stanzas of 3 lines, headed "In uno Jesu omnia," and signed "Omicron." It was included in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 46, with the heading “Jesus my All." It has passed into a large number of hymn-books both old and new. It is usually abbreviated.