Bitter and Sweet !!!!!! A John Newton Poem

07 Jun

Kindle, Saviour, in my heart,
A flame of love divine;
Hear, for mine I trust thou art,
And sure I would be thine;
If my soul has felt thy grace,
If to me thy name is known;
Why should trifles fill the place
Due to thyself alone?

‘Tis a strange mysterious life
I live from day to day;
Light and darkness, peace and strife,
Bear an alternate sway:
When I think the battle won,
I have to fight it o’er again;
When I say I’m overthrown,
Relief I soon obtain.

Often at the mercy-seat,
While calling on thy name,
Swarms of evil thoughts I meet,
Which fill my soul with shame.
Agitated in my mind,
Like a feather in the air,
Can I thus a blessing find?
My soul, can this be pray’r?

But when Christ, my Lord and Friend,
Is pleas’d to show his pow’r
All at once my troubles end,
And I’ve a golden hour;
Then I see his smiling face,
Feel the pledge of joys to come:
Often, Lord, repeat this grace
Till thou shalt call me home.

John Newton


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8 responses to “Bitter and Sweet !!!!!! A John Newton Poem

  1. Rob Barkman

    June 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for sharing Levi! A wonderful poem written by a dedicated servant of the Most High.


    • Levi Thetford

      June 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

      He was indeed. I found that he wrote 151 poems that I know of. I had no idea he wrote that many.


  2. Karyl

    June 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

    That is so beautiful and reflective of life.


  3. Cate Pane: The Clear Parent

    June 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I have never seen this poem. Exactly what The Divine Physician ordered today! Best, Cate


  4. Grace Esedeke

    June 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Though I’m just getting to know of John Newton’s writings, I love this poem. It is sort of reflective and comforting. Thanks for sharing. How are you Uncle Levi?


    • Levi Thetford

      June 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I am gooood Sister Ruth. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Newton today. Blessings to you my Dear!!!😀



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