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John Newton

(24 July 1725 – 21 December 1807 / London, England)

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Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound!)
That sav'd 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 reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

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

The Lord has promis'd 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.

This earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be for ever mine.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Sixtus Osim (11/11/2013 7:17:00 PM)

    This poem is all about life after death. John is professing that after death, when this earth shall fail, his new founded God would be there for him.
    As soon as we discover God, we should be dependent on Him for the rest of our life. We should also learn to praise God while still alive because the dead cannot praise God any longer. It is scenic piece of art work indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Kaitlyn Wells (11/11/2013 1:29:00 PM)

    I love this poem! it is the exact of true American literature and commonly known nationwide. (Report) Reply

  • Alice Smith (4/20/2013 5:51:00 PM)

    Oh my goodness! I learned a different version of Amazing Grace. The last verse I learned is When we've been here ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise, Then when we first begun. Please explain. I was told that Newton sailed on a boat named, Grace. The captain of the ship converted Newton and Amazing Grace was written. Is this true? (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/11/2012 7:01:00 AM)

    A poem of repentance from a former slave trader. Who then tried to stop the evil practice. A true born again. A very human poem from a humble pennitent. (Report) Reply

  • Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (11/11/2012 2:48:00 AM)

    Being born on earth a human being is by the grace of God.
    being re-born in the Lord is also by His grace
    and that is why it is called 'amazing grace'
    for all our accomplishments on earth and
    our journey to eternity is by this grace divine!
    a lovely write, well-structured with rhyme and rhythm
    and plenty of good things to say.
    Dr John Celes (Report) Reply

  • Lola Montez (11/11/2012 1:53:00 AM)

    Mi piaci tanto, tanto, tanto...
    Tua Rafaela Abba Anna Rita di Piero davanti me (Report) Reply

  • Kaila George (6/19/2012 1:40:00 AM)

    This is a poem not only touched my soul but my heart as well, its timeless, its for ever in peoples minds, it speaks of over coming the wrongs one had done in their lives, its of the grace that god gives use when we are in doubt, and we are forgiven of sins or secrets we tend to hide. poem ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (11/11/2009 7:18:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem and song from the day that I have a special relationship with the Lord.His grace for me is truly amazing.I love it more when I got to learned the real story behind it.Praise God.. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (11/11/2009 6:04:00 AM)

    A masculine well-wrought lyric, but the subject is mythic nevertheless. The notion that we shall be saved for heaven by the grace of God is no more or less believable than the belief that after death we will be reincarnated. This hymn is only half of the Jesus’ message – it is wonderful how some Christians relish the “love God” half of the parable of the Good Samaritan because they expect to be rewarded in eternity, and yet forget the other half: “love thy neighbour” which demands of them time and money spent in the relief of the needy. As for the world ending in 2011, I have now bet my house, all my goods, and half my future salary that it will not! What nonsense these people can believe! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (11/11/2009 1:31:00 AM)

    Only God's grace saves one from all trials and tribulations and makes life better to live to do wonderful things! The poem speaks much about these implied message within deep which experience will reveal perfectly well especially when caught in great crises! (Report) Reply

  • Kainwo Moses (6/6/2009 3:09:00 PM)

    This song and its author were one source of inspiration for my poem 'Amistad'. When I watched the video 'Amazing Grace' that just came out, I understood the song better. Thanks for listing this among the great poems. (Report) Reply

  • Janet Hedger (11/11/2008 1:53:00 PM)

    First time I have seen this written down, away from the song! Powerful and wonderful words!
    Jan Hedger (Report) Reply

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