10 Facts You Need to Know about “Amazing Grace”
1. His “Amazing Grace” saved a wretch like me!
2. John Newton never ceased to be amazed at God’s amazing grace. He was heard to say near the end of his life, “Although my memory is fading, I remember two things very clearly: “I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great Savior.”
3. The hymn’s final verse was not written by Newton. It was added by Harriet Beecher Stowe to a version she included in her novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
4. “Amazing Grace” is considered to be the anthem of the Cherokee nation because this was the song they sang on the Trail of Tears in 1838-39.
5. There are 972 known arrangements of the song and over 3200 recordings.
6. William Walker added the current melody to the lyrics in his 1835 hymnal.
7. Newton died in 1807, the year the slave trade was abolished in England.
8. Newton later helped William Wilberforce end the British slave trade.
9. John Newton wrote it for a New Year’s Day church service in 1773.
10. The lyrics were written by a British slave trader turned pastor.
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