Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

November 23, 2006

Faith’s Review and Expectation by John Newton (Amazing Grace, that is)

   

   

originally a poem
   

written with William Cowper (1731-1800)
   

by Rev. John Newton (1725-1807)
   

Faith’s Review and Expectation
   

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 vail,
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 for ever mine.
   

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Note: The video that was on YouTube of LeAnn Rimes singing “Amazing Grace” in a church, is no longer available. Here is a Google video that uses the song:
   

Duration 3:51

   

performed by LeAnn Rimes
   

Amazing Grace
   

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
I was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to feel
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed.

When we’ve been dead ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.

Amazing grace, O how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
I was blind, but now I see.
   

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Duration 6:00

   

in Cherokee
   

u ne la nv i u we tsi
i ga go yv he i
hna quo tso sv wi yu lo se
i ga gu yv ho nv
a se no i u ne tse i
i yu no du le nv
ta li ne dv tsi lu tsi li
u dv ne u ne tsv
e lo ni gv ni li squa di
ga lu tsv he i yu
ni ga di da ye di go i
a ni e lo hi gv
u na da nv ti a ne hv
do da ya nv hi li
tsa sv hna quo ni go hi lv
do hi wa ne he sdi
   

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8 Comments »

  1. Thanks for posting this. I’ve always heard it sung before, and never knew it was a poem first. It has beautiful words that uplift the soul.

    Comment by M. Shahin — December 1, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    • I am pleased to know that it was John Newton who wrote the Poem Amazing Graze not John Milton.

      And thank to you!

      Comment by Foday Nyei — December 10, 2010 @ 11:26 am

  2. Hi M.

    I love the Cherokee, and how that rendition has Scottish bagpipes, the way the song crosses cultures to “uplift the soul” as you say.

    Bud

    Comment by Bud Bloom — December 3, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  3. Thanks for posting.
    It’s beautiful

    Comment by Sue — April 17, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  4. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a good note.

    C.M.

    Comment by Clattery MacHinery — April 19, 2007 @ 3:27 am

  5. sory

    Comment by Anonymous — April 10, 2008 @ 5:43 am

  6. Great hymn, great singer, great melody. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Jim — June 26, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  7. https://youtu.be/qNuQbJst4Lk Amazing Grace – the story of John Newton and where the music came from. Amazing!

    Comment by Carol — February 8, 2016 @ 5:20 pm


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