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    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!

    Thro' many dangers, toils and snare,
    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.

    Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease;
    I shall profess, within the vail,
    A life of joy and peace.

    The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be for ever mine
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    "Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn with words written by the
    English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779.
    Containing a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible
    regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair
    through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most
    recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

    Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without
    any particular religious conviction, but his life's path was formed by a
    variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his
    recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (forced into service
    involuntarily) into the Royal Navy, and after leaving the service became
    involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his
    vessel so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that
    marked his spiritual conversion. However, he continued his slave trading
    career until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether and
    began studying Christian theology.

    Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of
    Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he began to write hymns with poet William
    Cowper. "Amazing Grace" was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's
    Day of 1773. It is unknown if there was any music accompanying the
    verses; it may have simply been chanted by the congregation. It debuted in
    print in 1779 in Newton and Cowper's Olney Hymns, but settled into
    relative obscurity in England. In the United States however, "Amazing
    Grace" was used extensively during the Second Great Awakening in the
    early 19th century. It has been associated with more than 20 melodies, but
    in 1835 it was joined to a tune named "New Britain" to which it is most
    frequently sung today.

    Author Gilbert Chase writes that "Amazing Grace" is "without a doubt the
    most famous of all the folk hymns,"[1] and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton
    biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually.
    [2] It has had particular influence in folk music, and has become an
    emblematic African American spiritual. Its universal message has been a
    significant factor in its crossover into secular music. "Amazing Grace" saw
    a resurgence in popularity in the U.S. during the 1960s and has been
    recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century, occasionally
    appearing on popular music charts.
John Newton (1725-1807)
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Lyrics by:  Newton
Date: 1779