I didn’t want to let the last week of National Poetry Week go by without including one of the best known poems in the world, Amazing Grace. The poem was first published around 1779 by John Newton who said of himself in his epitaph “…once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, preserved, pardoned and appointed to preach the Faith he had long laboured to destroy.” The music we are familiar with was added to the poem in the 1800’s to complete the beloved hymn known and sung by millions of people.
The song Amazing Grace is so commonplace I fear it may have lost its meaning to many, but I think it’s beautiful, and it is still one of my favorites.
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!
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 there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
Until next time, thank you for reading some of my favorite poetry through Poetry Month and God bless all y’all. Enjoy Il Divo doing a goose-bump worthy rendition of Amazing Grace.[youtube.com/watch?v=GYMLMj-SibU]
*Il Divo doesn’t necessarily endorse the blog but I love these guys and Amazing Grace with the bagpipes is best.