By: John Newton
John Newton, the London-born author of this hymn, went to sea at age eleven.
Was later imprisoned on a man-of war, escaped to work on a slave-trading ship. Eventually, became a slave ship captain. himself.
The hymn is a personal testimony to the “amazing grace” that turned Newton’s life around (he later became an ardent abolitionist)
After his ordination into the ministry of the Church of England in 1764, Newton and William Cowper produced the Olney Hymns, one of the greatest of the Anglican hymnals.
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
The Lord has promised good to me,
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Source: The Book of Virtues
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