Friday, May 10, 2013


Here's something I hadn't expected to find, but I really shouldn't have been surprised: a rendition of this song by the great Andrea Bocceli. This may not be the "deepest" hymn ever written, theologically, but theology isn't what hymns are all about. This one is similar to my personal favorite, "And Can It Be That I Should Gain" in content.  Regardless of my personal preferences, however, this is probably (and properly) regarded as the Christian hymn, in languages throughout the world.

It was written in 1779 by the former slave merchant John Newton, who had briefly been a slave himself.  The song was comprised of seven verses; today, in most Western churches, only verses 1, 2, 3, and 6 are usually sung.  In this case, however, the singer chooses to proclaim verses 1, 2, and 5.  Since Andrea Bocelli is himself blind (watch his face as he sings verse 1), and was almost aborted because of unspecified "disabilities," he knows a lot about grace, and about this song.  I hope you're blessed by his rendition.


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!

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!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that 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.

When we've been here ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun!

The world shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun refuse to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.


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  1. Wow. That song is so often sung with no real understanding of the lyrics. Bocelli sang with meaning and I appreciate him doing one of the little known verses. I knew "Amazing Grace" originally had 5 verses, I didn't realize it was actually 7! Very nice!