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Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound). John Newton* (1725-1807). First published in Olney Hymns (1779) Book I, ‘On select Passages of Scripture’. It had six Common Metre verses with the title ‘Faith’s Review and Expectation’ and a reference to 1 Chronicles 17: 16-17. Here David exclaims in humble wonder at what the prophet, Nathan, has just said about God’s care for him from his early days to his present position as king, a care that would extend to his successors. Newton applies this to his own experience of divine grace. The hymn was forgotten in England, but in the USA it was treasured in the Appalachian valleys and partnered with the American folk melody (possibly based on an earlier...

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