The Cross: A Poem by John Newton

22 Mar
The Cross:  A Poem by John Newton

In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.

I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood;
He fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.

Sure never till my latest breath,
Shall I forget that look!
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.

A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayest live.”

Thus while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too!

John Newton


Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Christianity, Religion


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7 responses to “The Cross: A Poem by John Newton


    March 24, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Wow I’m surprise at how much Newton wrote


    • Levi Thetford

      March 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      He wrote quite a few actually. Thanks for viewing!!


  2. Anna Waldherr

    March 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

    How precious we must be to Christ that He would have suffered so for us. Have a blessed Easter, Levi.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      March 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Thank you Anna. May your Resurrection Sunday be blessed too. I hope your country life is still wonderful to you!!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Anna Waldherr

    April 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

    We celebrate another Easter, Levi. “He is not here; He has risen!” (Luke 24: 6).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      April 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Yes,He is risen. It’s a wonderful thing to have hope, isn’t it?? Blessed day my dear friend!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Anna Waldherr

    June 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Corrie ten Boom in “The Hiding Place” speaks of how the prisoners at Ravensbruk were required to undress and submit to “medical” examinations. The thought of Jesus exposed for us on the cross was her consolation.



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