Author of the Lyrics
The author of the glorifying words of the "Amazing Grace " lyrics, John Newton (July 24, 1725-December 21, 1807), was born in London, England and achieved fame as a Hymnist and curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Amazing Grace ", James P. Carrell (February 13, 1787-October 28, 1854), was born in Lebanon, Virginia and became famous as a musician, composer, music teacher and minister.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Amazing Grace
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Newton (July 24, 1725 to December 21, 1807)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: James P. Carrell (February 13, 1787 to October 28, 1854)
Hymn Category: Wedding and Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me!"
First Publication Date: 1779
Amazing Grace Lyrics
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.
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 world shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun refuse to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Shall 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'd first begun.