Monday, February 2, 2009

Amazing Grace

1st Verse
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.
2nd Verse
In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear;
Till a new object met my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
3rd Verse
I saw one hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood;
Who fixed his languid eyes on me
As near his cross I stood.
4th Verse
Sure, never till my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to change me with his death,
Though not a word he spoke.
5th Verse
My conscience felt and owned its guilt,
And plunged me in despair;
I saw my sins his blood had shed,
And helped to nail him there.
6th Verse
Alas, I knew not what I did,
But all my tears were vain;
Where could my trembling soul be hid,
For I the Lord had slain!
7th Verse
A second look he gave that said,
I freely all forgive!
This blood is for thy ransom paid,
I died that thou mayest live.
8th Verse
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
9th Verse
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
10th Verse
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.
11th Verse
Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
12th Verse
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine,
But God who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.
13th Verse
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 first begun. AMEN.
By John Newton, 1725-1807

Brother Dean McClain
Independent Baptist by Conviction and Practice

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