Amazing Grace
by John Newton (1725-1807)
Performed by Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and Pianist Condoleezza Rice
Courtesy of Shadow Mountain Records. Displayed here with permission. Available here as a single on iTunes.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;

   Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far

and Grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me.

His word my hope secures.

   He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

5. 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.

6. 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.

The following stanza was written by an an anonymous author, often replacing the sixth stanza, or inserted as the fourth.

7. 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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;

   Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far

and Grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me.

His word my hope secures.

   He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years [note]The following stanza was written by an an anonymous author, often replacing the sixth stanza, or inserted as the fourth.[/note]

Bright shining as the sun.

   We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’ve first begun.

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