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"Amazing Grace"
12-21-2013, 08:00 AM #1
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"Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable Christian hymns in the English-speaking world. The text by English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807) was first published in 1779. The words describe in first person the move of a "wretch" from a "lost" to a "found" state by a merciful act of God. The melody, "New Britain", was first published in 1829 by Charles H. Spilman and Benjamin Shaw (Cincinnati). Unattributed to any composer, the melody combines two earlier melodies ("Gallaher" and "St. Mary") and likely represents a confluence of oral traditions. "New Britain" was wedded to Newton's text in 1835 by composer William Walker to form the hymn familiar today.[1]
Engraving of an older heavyset man, wearing robes, vestments, and wig
Anglican cleric John Newton in his later years
William Walker first joined John Newton's verses to the "New Britain" melody to create the hymn known as "Amazing Grace"

Author Gilbert Chase writes that "Amazing Grace" is "without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns."[2] Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually.[3] "Amazing Grace" stands as an emblematic African American spiritual and exemplar of Appalachian shape note hymnody. In the nineteenth century the hymn was sung by First Americans enduring the ordeal of the Trail of Tears, by abolitionists, by soldiers in the U.S. Civil War, and by homesteaders settling the Prairies.[4] By the twentieth century the hymn had achieved international popularity. In mid-century it enjoyed renewed popularity among activists in America's civil rights movement.

"Amazing Grace" is John Newton's spiritual autobiography in verse.[5] He grew up with no particular religious alignment. He was pressed (involuntarily forced) into the Royal Navy and became involved in the Atlantic slave trade after his discharge. In 1748 a storm battered his vessel so severely that he prayed to God for mercy. He continued in the slave trade after this moment of conversion. In 1754 or 1755 he left seafaring altogether and began studying Christian theology. Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he began to write hymns with poet William Cowper. "Amazing Grace" was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773.

12-21-2013, 09:00 AM #2
Softy Incognito Anonymous
Ezekiel connected dem dry bones,
Ezekiel connected dem dry bones,
Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones,
Now hear the word of the Lord.

Toe bone connected to the foot bone
Foot bone connected to the heel bone
Heel bone connected to the ankle bone
Ankle bone connected to the shin bone
Shin bone connected to the knee bone
Knee bone connected to the back bone
Back bone connected to the shoulder bone
Shoulder bone connected to the neck bone
Neck bone connected to the head bone
Now hear the word of the Lord.

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around.
Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around.
Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around.
Now hear the word of the Lord.

Dem bones gonna walk around,,,

yes they are...




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