Lovest Thou Me ?????? (A John Newton Poem)

03 Jan

‘Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought;
Do I love the Lord, or no?
Am I his, or am I not?

If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!

Could my heart so hard remain,
Prayer a task and burden prove;
Every trifle give me pain,
If I knew a Saviour’s love?

When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild;
Filled with unbelief and sin,
Can I deem myself a child?

If I pray, or hear, or read,
Sin is mixed with all I do;
You that love the Lord indeed,
Tell me, Is it thus with you?

Yet I mourn my stubborn will,
Find my sin, a grief, and thrall;
Should I grieve for what I feel,
If I did not love at all?

Could I joy his saints to meet,
Choose the ways I once abhorred,
Find, at times, the promise sweet,
If I did not love the Lord?

Lord decide the doubtful case!
Thou who art thy people’s sun;
Shine upon thy work of grace,
If it be indeed begun.

Let me love thee more and more,
If I love at all, I pray;
If I have not loved before,
Help me to begin today.


Posted by on January 3, 2015 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion


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20 responses to “Lovest Thou Me ?????? (A John Newton Poem)

  1. Karen Pickering

    January 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    “Thou who art thy people’s sun” – What a great line. Encouragement for dark days. Thank you, Levi.

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  2. Elaine

    January 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    thanks for sharing this Levi!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      January 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      My pleasure. Hope you’re doing great,Elaine. Happy New Year


      • Elaine

        January 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm

        I am, so long as I don’t catch the bug that is going around. Kinda thought I might be today with chills and slept for several hours this afternoon but could have just been overtired too, I hope! Happy New Year!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Levi Thetford

          January 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

          You better stay well “young lady”. There is a lot going around. Thankfully we havent gotten sick yet either. Happy New Year, Elaine.

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  3. aagrove9

    January 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Another fine Poem by Mr. Laureate himself. He definitely expresses his precise formulations of word and rhyme.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      January 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, he does. An excellent one with words he is. Thanks for reading. Lord bless you!!!


  4. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    January 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    A wonderful piece….thanks for sharing this… πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      January 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      My pleasure. Hope you’re doing well. Happy New Year!!!!


  5. cucumberlodge

    January 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Newton set the bar quite high. So much truth reflected so coherently. Thanks for posting.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. donna213

    January 4, 2015 at 7:03 am

    It is a little depressing in all the conflict the author faces. I guess conflict is just a part of true belief.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Elouise

    January 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    What a tormented soul–wanting to know and not wanting to know, Lovest thou me? I’m so grateful what matters is the love of the Savior for us.

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  8. Karen Hirst

    April 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Lovest thou me…Do you know of a recording of someone reciting this? My daughter has chosen to recite at her school speech meet, and we need help with feeling and voice inflection. Such a “real” poem.I love it! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      April 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      What a great poem for your daughter to recite. I’m sorry but I know of no one who recites it. May the Lord bless your daughter as she does it. I’m sure it will be great.



  9. Anna Waldherr

    April 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter, Levi. Christians celebrate the ultimate act of love. ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      April 12, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Anna and I wish you the same. It’s a great week to to celebrate and reflect in worship what our Lord has done for His own. Easter Sunday caps off the week of Passover. It’s been good so far. 😊

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