Amazing Grace

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.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
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,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begin

Source: The Book of Virtues
By: William J. Bennett
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