“Why is it that you only feel the thorns in your feet when you stop running?”
-Pitt the Younger (Amazing Grace)
“Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly. I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”
– John Newton (Amazing Grace)
- 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,
- We have already come;
- ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
- And grace will lead me home.(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 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 call’d me here below,
- Will be forever mine.
Some versions of the hymn include an additional verse:
- 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 verse is not by Newton. It was added to a version of “Amazing Grace” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, as it appears in her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uncle Tom has pieced the lyrics of several hymns together; those who learned the lyrics from the novel have assumed that it belongs.
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