Amazing Grace is perhaps the most well-known Christian hymn of all time.
It was written in 1772 by John Newton, who through a compelling spiritual experience, turned from a slave-trader into an abolitionist.
The tune it is now sung it to was written in 1835 by William Walker, an American composer. In this recording, I’m playing an arrangement by Iain Farrington, who employs rich chromatic harmony, paying homage to the tune’s American origin and prominence within its culture, as well as the deep personal expressiveness of John Newton’s text.
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 hath 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.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
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 forever mine.
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 begun.
Words: John Newton (1779)
A favourite hymn of Carole Pregosin, her mother and grandmother
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