John Newton: Alone on the Ocean

[When] in July 1752, he sailed in a new ship from Liverpool to Guinea.  “I never knew,” says he, “sweeter or more frequent hours of Divine Communion than in my last two voyages to Guinea, when I was almost in secluded society on shipboard.  I have wandered through the woods, reflecting on the goodness of the LORD.  Many a time I have restored the beautiful lines of Propertius* to the right owner; lines full of wonder and comfort when in the mouth of a believer:

‘In desert woods with thee, my God,  
Where human footsteps never trod,
How happy I could be!
‘Thou my repose from care, my light,
Amidst the darkness of the night,
In solitude my company.’


My thoughts after reading this are:  How am I communing with God and His word?  Can I glorify God more in my life?

(I think what Mr. Newton is saying about the ‘lines of Propertius’ is that even though Propertius is not a christian, the poetry that he has written is of a higher order so he can address it to the Almighty God in beautiful lines of verse; without a qualm. – Henty Crew )


About William Moore

I am a Christian, saved and living by God's grace. I am doing this blog on a book called, "The World of Religious Anecdote," or, as I like to call it, "Christian Anecdotes." The reason why I am doing this blog, on a book, instead of about myself, is because there are so many unedifying things in the world, so that we, as Christians, need to take the world and subdue it for our Lord. I believe and hope that is what I am doing here, in this blog. I try to do my posts twice a week, in order to keep the flow going. I hope you enjoy reading, learning, and sharing this book, "Christian Anecdotes."
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