John Newton

True and False Zeal

Rev Dr John A Newton CBE is a prominent Methodist minister, author, historian and former President of the Methodist Conference.

Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame,
The fire of love supplies ;
While that which often bears the name,
Is self in a disguise.
True zeal is merciful and mild,
Can pity and forbear ;
The false is headstrong, fierce and wild,
And breathes revenge and war.