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I know this hymn as a spiritual. The words we use are:
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.
The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
Through many dangers toils and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace that brought me safe thus far
and grace will lead me home.
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.
This is using the words from the American Protestant Episcopal Church
Hymnal of 1982. the note on the bottom of the page credits the words to
John Newton (1725-1807), alt st 5, Jon Rees (19th cent)
Music: New Britian from Virginia Harmony, 1831; adapt att Edwin Othello
Excell (1851-1921); harm. Austin Cole Lovelace (b 1919)
It is interesting how hymns change from one side of the ocean to the
Sally in Virginia
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