Humbled and Silenced By Mercy (A John Newton Poem)

11 Oct

Once perishing in blood I lay,
Creatures no help could give,
But Jesus passed me in the way,
He saw, and bid me live.

Though Satan still his rule maintained,
And all his arts employed;
That mighty Word his rage restrained,
I could not be destroyed.

At length the time of love arrived
When I my Lord should know,
Then Satan, of his pow’r deprived,
Was forced to let me go.

O can I e’er that day forget
When Jesus kindly spoke!
Poor soul, my blood has paid thy debt,
And now I break thy yoke.

Henceforth I take thee for my own,
And give myself to thee;
Forsake the idols thou hast known,
And yield thyself to me.

Ah, worthless heart! it promised fair,
And said it would be thine;
I little thought it e’er would dare
Again with idols join.

Lord, dost thou such backslidings heal,
And pardon all that’s past?
Sure, if I am not made of steel,
Thou hast prevailed at last.

My tongue, which rashly spoke before,
This mercy will restrain;
Surely I now shall boast no more,
Nor censure, nor complain.


Posted by on October 11, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion


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9 responses to “Humbled and Silenced By Mercy (A John Newton Poem)

  1. realchange4u

    October 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    John Newton wrote some lovely poems. I am coming home and always welcomed . Man the thought of that gives hope to all mankind. Thanks for sharing Levi.

    Much love Tom


  2. Anna

    October 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this poem of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Such heartfelt words! They describe the miracle of once being lost in a dying world and finding love, forgiveness, peace, joy, and acceptance as a child of God. God bless you, Levi. 🙂


  3. msauthorette

    October 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful! Levi, thank you for sharing this!


    • Levi Thetford

      October 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      You’re welcome Kristina. Thanks for reading it. Have a nice evening!!!


  4. Christina Chase

    October 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    “At length the time of love arrived
    When I my Lord should know,”
    What a beautiful… Everything! I’m deeply touched by this stanza and the next – will contemplate on it. “… the time of love…” Thank you for sharing this poem!


    • Levi Thetford

      October 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I’m so glad you were blessed by it, Christina. Lord bless you and thanks for commenting.



    October 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm




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