This song is undoubtedly my all-time favourite song from any genre, Christian or secular. The impression I have always had is that it was depicted in the film Bamboo in Winter, which I saw many many years ago, and since then it has been one that always moves me. Speaking of our Lord’s abounding, amazing grace, what more need we talk of? Oh, and give me bagpipes playing this music any day – guaranteed to have me a bundle of tears.
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.
T’was 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
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will 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.
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.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
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’ve first begun.
John Newton, 1779
Verse 7 – Anon, 1829