By Jesse P. Karlsberg

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Newton. C.M.

An E minor fuging tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2009.

Text from Anne Steele, 1760.

Listen to recordings:

  • Singing at Allison and Jan-Erik's (Jan. 2010)

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I wrote "Newton" in Troy, NY on November 30, 2009 the week after spending Thanksgiving with my family in Newton, MA, the suburb of Boston where I grew up, a visit during which Lauren and I announced our engagement to my family.

"Newton" is among three of my songs included in the fifth edition of The Northern Harmony (2012).


In vain I trace creation o'er
In search of solid rest
The whole creation is too poor
Too mean to make me blest

Let earth and all her charms depart
Unworthy of the mind
In God alone this restless heart
Enduring bliss can find.

In vain would this low world employ
Each flattering specious wile;
There's nought can yield a real joy,
But our Creator's smile.