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Amazing Grace Video in a Unique Setting

  Amazing Grace video - here is an amazing performance of Amazing Grace (four and a half minute video) in a unique setting.

Here is another great performance of Amazing Grace (Click screen below) that includes some explanation of its origins by Wintley Phipps performing at Carnegie Hall.


Lyrics - John Newton

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.

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.

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

When we've been here ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun;
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
than when we first begun.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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.

(The last verse was added by an anonymous writer about 50 years later.)


The lyrics were written by John Newton, a former slave trader after he became a minster of God. His tombstone reads:

Born 1725 , died 1807
A clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of
slaves in Africa, was by the rich mercy of our Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned,
and appointed to preach the faith he once labored
to destroy. I decided before my death to put my life's
story in verse. And that has become this song.
"I was blind but now I see!" (John 9:25)
 
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