The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Amazing Grace

Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

Faith’s review and expectation.
1 Chronicles 17: 16-17

Source: John Newton, Olney Hymns. London: W. Oliver, 1779, Book I, #41

Meter: 86 86

1. Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, hut now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!

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

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

5. Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But GOD, who called me here below,
Will be for ever mine.

Sheet Music from Book of Worship For United States Forces (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1974), #375.

Note:

Hymns on this site by John Newton:

For more information, see:

CCEL, The Olney Hymns (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/newton/olneyhymns.html)

Rodney Canete, “The Olney Hymns by John Newton.” Brown University, 1997. (http://www.victorianweb.org/religion/hymns/olney.html)

Al Rogers, “Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton” (http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html)

The Cyberhymnal, “John Newton” (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/n/e/w/newton_j.htm)

All sites accessed February 17, 2007. All links open at an exterior site.

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